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James L. “Jim” Rauscher
James L. “Jim” RauscherChinchillaJames L. “Jim” Rauscher, 88 of LaRue, died peacefully Monday evening February 27, 2023 at his home.

He was born February 18, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Elizabeth (Henchik) and Latty Rauscher.

Jim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BS degree. Upon graduation, the college hired him to teach zoology.

His teaching career was interrupted when his unit of the Wisconsin Army Reserve, was called up to participate in the Berlin Crisis.

Upon returning to Milwaukee, he took a position as a research biologist for Lakeside Laboratories, a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive.

During this period he met and married JoAnn (Lapacz) Rauscher, who survives. They were blessed with 57 years of marriage.

Next was a move to Ohio, where Jim pursued a master degree from the Xavier University in Cincinnati. He was hired by the Marion Correctional Institution. He left after seven years as head of the Psychology Dept.

In the early 1970’s, Jim and his family moved to LaRue so he was able to pursue a passion for breeding and selling Chinchillas. Thus, Rauscher Chinchillas, LLC.

He continued to work as a counselor for Marion County Children’s Services. Jim established a private hypnosis practice in his home. Lastly, he had a term as mayor of LaRue.

He will be deeply missed by his children, Erika (Scott) Curtis of Chillicothe and Stephen Rauscher of New Bloomington.
Grandchildren, Brittany and Tyler Rauscher of Marion

Friends may call Thursday March 2, 2023 from 5-7 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Private burial will take place in the LaRue Cemetery.

Special thanks to Dr. Bob Singh and the talented and thoughtful staff of Tranquility Hospice.

Memorial gifts may be made to Tranquility Hospice. 1949 West Central Ave, Delaware, Ohio 43015

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: John & Patricia Morgan
Tue, Feb 28, 2023 at 6:09 PM

Dear Joann and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing.  He was a great guy and we think of you both fondly.  
Unfortunately, we will not be able to come to the service on March 2nd.  We are in NC for the winter.
Hopefully we can visit with you when we return.
Please know you are in our prayers.
Again, you have our sincere sympathies.
Love to all, Pat and John Morgan

#2 from: Dixie Akers
Tue, Feb 28, 2023 at 9:40 PM

So sorry for your loss.  Jim was a special man

#3 from: Cheryl Wilcox
Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 7:36 AM

Dear Joann and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending deeper sympathies.

#4 from: Bernie Bussink
Burtonsville, Md.
Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 10:02 AM

I am so sorry AuntJoann, Erika,Steve and family.Uncle Jim was a wonderful man, he will be greatly missed.Love, Bernie

#5 from: Mark & Candy Rinnert
Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 10:11 AM

We are sorry for the family’s loss. Our prayers are with you,Erika, and your family.

#6 from: Deborah Ostericher
Dayton, MD
Wed, Mar 1, 2023 at 5:53 PM

Uncle Jim was a gentle presence, a kind, caring, and loving man. I will always cherish my memories of him and the wonderful visits we had in Ohio. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Aunt JoAnn, Erika, Steve, and the entire family.  Much love, Deb and Dan

#7 from: Wendy Crabtree
La Rue
Sun, Mar 5, 2023 at 10:19 PM

Sorry for your loss Rauscher family. Jim's life sounds like it held many stories.

#8 from: John S Bussink
Tue, Mar 7, 2023 at 9:05 AM

Sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Jim. He was a wonderful man who will be missed.

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