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Gary G. Rausch

November 22, 1958 ~ August 1, 2021 (age 62)


Onaka, SD-Mass of Christian Burial for Gary G. Rausch, 62, of Onaka will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Onaka, SD.  Rev. Fr. Darin Schmidt and Rev. Fr. Brian Simon will officiate.  The services will be live streamed and available at under Gary’s obituary.

There will be a Liturgical Wake Service at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, with visitation at 6:00 pm at the church in Onaka.

Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery at Onaka.

Gary died Sunday, August 1, 2021, from injuries sustained in an accident near his farm.

Gary was born November 22, 1958, to Duane and Janice Rausch of Onaka, SD.  Gary grew up with his 12 brothers and sisters on their family farm in Onaka, SD, where his passion and love for cows began.  He attended his early years of school in Onaka, but finished his schooling in Cresbard.

While in school, he met and fell in love with Twila Baker.  They were married in February 1979.  For the first two years of their marriage, they lived in Onaka, at which point they moved to their family farm where they remained.

Gary loved Hereford cows, sporting events, hunting, never missing a meal, and winning AM radio trivia.  However, Gary’s peak happiness came from watching his kids and grandkids compete in various sporting events.  He coached both teener and legion baseball, including being selected to coach the all-star game in Milbank, SD. Gary was a member of the parish council for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Onaka and was a member of the Clark Township Board. Gary loved the Twins, the Vikings, and very much enjoyed the “Minneapolis Miracle.”

Gary was a kid at heart and could often be found instigating mischief.  The sparkle in his eye always gave him away.  Gary was a “talker” and could often times be found in lengthy conversations with complete strangers. He loved going to bull sales.  He loved the road trips, the comradery, and the lifelong relationships.

Gary is survived by his wife: Twila Rausch; mother: Janice Rausch; mother in law: Frankie Baker; siblings: Rick Rausch (Linda), Jeannie Hiem (Leonard), Cindy Schlosser, Pam Holt (Kevin), Shellie Melius (Owen), Kay McGaugh (Scott), Deb Owens (Joel), Tim Rausch (Teresa), Kristie Beal (Jon), Peg Goetz (Lee), Troy Rausch (Lovette), and Chad Rausch (Cortney McEntyre); children: Melissa Larson (Chris), Mark Rausch (Erin), Nicole Hieb (Austin); and his beloved grandchildren: Kalen Larson, Talon Larson, Amari Larson, Everly Larson, Kendall Rausch, Opie Hieb, and William Rausch; brother in law: Clyde Baker (Traci); sister in law: Darcy Swier (Greg); and many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his father: Duane Rausch; father in law: Elroy Baker; brother: Robert Rausch; sister in law: Carmen Rausch; brother in law: Mike Schlosser; and his precious granddaughter: Amaya Larson.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wecota, SD, St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery Fund in Onaka, SD or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven, SD or just go have yourself a steak in memory of Gary.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.

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August 3, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Onaka)

August 3, 2021

7:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Onaka)

Mass of Christian Burial
August 4, 2021

10:30 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Onaka)

August 4, 2021

12:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery (Onaka)

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