Rauch, Paul Douglas -
Bolivar - Paul D. Rauch, age 65 of Bolivar, MO, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO. He was born September 8, 1955, in Youngstown, OH, to Thomas C. and Letha Elenore (Strong) Rauch, who precede him in death. He graduated form Glenrock, WY High School, the class of 74’, where he was in the Honor Society, and participated in Speech and Debate. He was united in marriage to Teresa Sikes February 29, 1980. He then graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a BA in Music Education. He is a member of Berean Baptist Church Bolivar, MO.
Paul began teaching music to 1st graders in West Plains, MO, and then in West Helena, AR. He loved teaching the children music, and how to write music. He himself also loved to write music, having written over 500 songs. He also put together two books of published poetry. He learned how to write poetry in the sixth grade, and his love blossomed from there. He later was taught how to put music to his songs from his pastor’s wife. He extended his musical ministry with and during his membership at Berean Baptist Church.
Paul had to go on dialysis with kidney failure for close to 10 years before he received a kidney transplant. He began his involvement with Branson Gospel Singers Songwriters Association (BGSSA), singing, then producing the weekly half-hour program on the ALG Network, and taking care of all kinds of paperwork behind the scenes. During this time, he also began driving for the Amish community, helping where he was able in whatever capacity his body would allow.
Paul is survived by his wife of 41 years Teresa of the home; three children: Andy Rauch and his fiancée Courtney, Amy Archibald and her husband Sean, and Alex Rauch and his wife Crystal all of Bolivar, MO; six grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; three great grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren; two brothers: Ken Rauch and his wife Charlena, and David Rauch all of Bolivar, MO; two sisters: Karen Rauch of Glenrock, WY, and Ruth Rauch of Bolivar, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, March 26, 2021, in the funeral home. A Celebration of Life will take place at 10:00 am Saturday, March 27, 2021, with Pastor Derrick Lewright officiating, in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at: www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund: 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20852, or to the Youth Building Fund c/o Berean Baptist Church Bolivar, MO. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.
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