Russell Wayne Rauch Jr., a resident of Santa Maria, California, died December 28, 2008. He was 63 years old.
Russell was born in Dunsmuir, California on October 26, 1945 to Mary Bender Rauch and Russell Rauch Sr.
He graduated from Dunsmuir High School in 1963 and served four years in the Navy.
Russell graduated from Chico State College in 1972 with a degree in business management, and attended graduate school at the University of Oregon.
Russell married Judy Ruddy in 1973 and they celebrated 35 years of marriage in August.
He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for over 30 years. He and his wife resided in San Francisco, Portland, Pollack Pines, and moved to Santa Maria five years ago.
Russell is survived by his wife, Judy Rauch of Santa Maria; a son, Russell Rauch III of Virginia Beach, Virginia; a daughter, Christina Rauch of Hubbard, Ohio; and a grandson, Conner Rauch of Virginia Beach.
He is also survived by his mother, Mary Bender Kluckman of Eugene, Oregon; his aunt, Phyllis Hubbard of Chico, California; sisters, Terry Seabury and Dianne Rossetto of Sacramento, Celeste Rossetto Dickey of Eugene, Oregon; and a brother, Paul Kluckman of Solvang, California.
The family gathered in Santa Maria for a celebration of Russell’s life on January 4.