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Alexander Funeral Home - North Chapel

4200 Stringtown Road, Evansville, IN

OBITUARY

Karl F. Rau

9 May , 193715 April , 2019
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Karl Frederick Rau III, age 81 of Evansville, Indiana passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019. He was a member of Old North United Methodist Church.

Karl, son of Catherine and Karl F. Rau II, was born in Melrose Park, Illinois on May 9th, 1937. He grew up unknowingly building a love for baking with his two brothers Ronald and Robert, and sister, Catherine while helping in the family bakery, Rau’s Bakery in Melrose Park, Illinois.

Karl attended Proviso HS where he played football and met lifelong friends. He then attended Missouri Valley College where he met the love of his life, Lydia G. Basye. They married in October 1959 and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

Karl and Lydia began their life together in Maywood, IL building and raising, a family of four, two daughters Robyn and Susan. He worked in the relocation business beginning with Bekins Van Lines, and then relocated himself and his family to Evansville, Indiana to work for over 30 years with Atlas Van Lines Worldwide Corporation.

Karl was the, in our eyes, the biggest Chicago Cubs Fan. By radio, TV, or newspaper he made sure he was up to date with their standings daily.

Karl is survived by his wife Lydia Rau; daughters, Robyn Rau and Susan Bleza; his four grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexandria, Brendan, and Samantha Bleza. He is also survived by his brothers, Ronald Rau, Robert Rau, and his sister Catherine Leeman.

A Memorial Service will be 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019 at Old North United Methodist Church, 4201 Stringtown Road, officiated by Rev. Mike Monahan. Friends may visit Monday from 3:30 p.m. until service time at the church.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNorthChapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 22 April , 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, 22 April , 2019

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Karl F. Rau

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Tony and Sarah Henderson

22 April 2019

Dear Mrs. Lydia, Our family is saddened at Karl’s passing. You and he have been good neighbors to us. God bless you during this time.
Tony, Sarah and Family

Dave & Laura Steinkuhl

22 April 2019

Dearest Lydia, what a blessing you & Karl have been to us. Even though today our hearts are truly broken, we are grateful for all the wonderful memories we have of our time with Karl. Thru the years, you have both been there to share our joys, & our sorrows. You are more than neighbors, you are family...& we love you both dearly. We pray that time will ease the sorrow we are all feeling right now, & that only the warmest memories will remain.
Love you !
Dave, Laura, Amy & Max


michael latham

21 April 2019

Lydia I just heard about Karl and was saddened to hear about his passing. The Rau’s were such an important part of my youth. I though of Karl and all the Raus often with fondness.

My sincere condolences to you and your family. You two were always thought of warmly by my Mother as well as myself.

Jim & Janette Prickett

21 April 2019

Dear Lydia: Karl Rau was a good man, husband, father, grandfather, employee (over 30 years at Atlas Van Lines), and church member. Not too many families can measure up to his life. We try through our prayers to thank God for allowing us to know Karl and, also, to ask God to bring some degree of acceptance to the Raus knowing that Karl is without pain, living in a much better place than our crazy planet and waiting for a reunion at some future time.

The Lydia and Karl family offers a great plan for living as Christian people: friendly, helpful, honest, etc. While we can't be present physically, please know that our minds and spirits will be with you at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

With our deepest respect and sympathy,
Jim and Janette Prickett

Jane Broaddus

19 April 2019

This is the man I adored as a teenager to whom I sent awful fudge and when I married walked me down the aisle. He was full of laughter and truly loved his family. We will miss him.
Jane and Les

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