HAINES CITY, Fla. —
George J. Rauscher, 85, of Haines City, Fla., and formerly of Grafton, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, in Winter Haven Hospital after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Strongsville, living in Grafton until 1955 before moving to Conneautville and finally retiring to Florida in 2000.
He was formerly employed by Brown Finn Tube and was a self-employed farmer. He was also the owner and operator of the Dairy Isle in Linesville for 34 years. Mr. Rauscher served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was an avid coon hunter, fisherman and enjoyed Cleveland sports.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Reynolds Rauscher; sons, Thomas (Joyce) of Linesville, James (Debby) of Conneautville and Sonny (Kathleen) of Linesville; and special daughter, Kimberly Rauscher Petroka. Survivors also include five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Marge Boley of Grafton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Regina Rauscher; brother, Anthony Rauscher; and sisters, Jean Lawson and Gerry Tablett.
Friends may call in Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton, on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, 708 Erie St., Grafton, with the Rev. John Seabold as celebrant.
Burial will be in Belden Cemetery, Grafton Township.
On-line condolences may be left at blackburnfuneralhome.com.