Bernard Henry Rauscher, 51, passed away at his home on Nov. 28 of natural causes. A military service will be held on Dec. 9 at the Conrad Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Cremation has taken place and interment of ashes will be at a later date.
Bernie was born Dec. 4, 1954, in Puyalup, Wash. He grew up on the family farm near Pendroy. He attended Lincoln Grade School and Choteau High School.
Bernie joined the Navy in 1974. He served on various ships and assignments, which include Norfolk, Va., Whidbey Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Naples, Italy and Vietnam.
He received many awards, including two Navy “K” ribbons, five good conduct medals, two National Defense Service medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, a Coast Guard Special Operations ribbon, and overseas service ribbons. He served in the Navy for 20 years and was honorably discharged in 1995.
He retired as a machinist mate 1st Class. He stayed in Whidbey Island until 1998. He returned to the Rauscher Ranch to be closer to his parents. He started working for NMJRR in 1999, and was the Brady Roll-off-site attendant.
His hobbies included hunting and fishing and working on cars. His passion was collecting old cars and machinery. There was never a car he didn’t like or want.
He was a member of the Conrad VFW and served in various positions within the organization. He was currently the Post Commander. The VFW was very important in his life, and he volunteered on many post projects.
Bernie married Phyllis Jones in 1976. They later divorced in 1992. Together they had two daughters, Andrea Rauscher Coffman and Brittney Rauscher.
He is survived by daughters, Andrea (James) Coffman of Texas and Brittney Rauscher of Billings, mother Marian Rauscher, sister Sandy (Bill) Biggers, brothers Ryan (Elodie) Rauscher Dale (Estelle) Rauscher, Kelly (Tammy) Rauscher, grandchildren Chloe`, Rose and Tiegan, and numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend Donna Droge.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Henry and Mary Rauscher, his father Stanley Rauscher and an infant brother Douglas.