John Marlin Rau

May 9, 1948November 16, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John after a brief illness at his home on November 16, 2020 in his 73rd year. Best friend and husband to Deb. Loving father to Joe (Allison) and a proud and devoted papa to Paige and Ryan. Dear brother to Mark (JoAnn), Marlene (Henry) and to the late Karl and brother-in-law to Kari (Bob). He will be dearly missed by his daughter-in-law Keri, his many nieces, nephews and too many to name close friends. John had a love and passion for classic cars and drag racing and always made himself available to help out a friend repair or tear down an engine.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and friends are invited to leave their condolence or a memory they have of John.

The family have asked that no flowers be sent and those who wish can make a donation to a charity of their choice.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Bill Derkach

November 26, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I saw the announcement several days ago and still have trouble putting words to it. If John had met me on the street a month ago, I don't expect he would have known who I was. I was the thirteen year old kid at our family gas station in 1968 that John frequented where he routinely cracked his 302 Z'der when my dad was walking past in front to get a reaction. John smiled and my dad picked himself off the pavement. That, my friends was the start of the muscle car era and John is an icon.

Glenn Hayward

November 26, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to John's family. I can remember sitting on my Mustang bike in1969 (13 years old) watching John and his friends cruising around the old Dominion store and Millionaire drive in their muscle cars. I remember asking my friend who's that guy? Oh thats John Rau, he's one of the fastest, lol! Years later I met John thru mutual car friends and felt honored to call him a friend for many years. He was always willing to help, both in the shop or at the track. John was a special friend and will be missed greatly. Glenn Hayward

Joanna Lee

November 25, 2020

My condolences to you, Deb and your family. I'm sorry to hear of John's passing.

John was a good guy. He came to work and did his job and got along with most everyone (that I know of).

I'm glad that John retired early enough in order to have time to spend with you.


Joanna Lee

Linda (Geisel) Redmond

November 24, 2020

My deepest sympathy to John’s family.
Marlene and Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of my younger years spent with your family. My thoughts are with you.

Allison Nielsen

November 23, 2020

The world has sadly lost another very special man. Truly, one of the good ones. Living with the emotions of his grieving family, and reading all the unique and sentimental comments here proves that over and over.

I will cherish the time I had with John, who was always so welcoming and supportive. I adored seeing the bond he had with Ryan and Paige. And I will continue to reap the benefits of his amazing attributes through Joe. You will always be with us John, and we’re here for you Deb.

Love, Allison

Don Klingspon

November 23, 2020

There aren’t that many people in our lives that we can say were consistently positive, highly supportive and always around for life’s greatest moments. Uncle John was one of those people for me, and hopefully for everyone else that knew him. He was selfless, offering himself to help create or fix whenever the opportunity presented itself. He was dedicated and persistent, showing us what an amazing partner, son, father and grandfather he was every time we saw him with Ryan and Paige and every day he cared for Grandma. He was passionate, about the simple things in life, his family, friends, outdoors and of course, muscle cars! He was a very proud man, talking about Deb’s horse, Ryan’s hockey, Joe’s cars and Paige’s……well everything. He also had a lot of personal pride ensuring his hair and mustache were perfectly quaffed, his property and house were pristine, and his vehicles had a mirror-like finish. As his nephew, I always felt he was proud of me too, as I was of him. He was funny…..very, very funny! His storytelling skills were amazing; his impressions, use of sound effects and tonal inflection were also downright legendary (mmmmmm…….MMM). And who cannot forget the custom vocabulary……oh that vocabulary. Growing up my brother, Joe and I would always find ourselves repeating Uncle John’s famous catch phrases at nauseum to anyone who would listen. “That guy is a total winner”, “what’s with this zipper head?” and, of course the all-time classic, “that thing is MINT!” There is only one man who has been able to successfully use the word mint as both a noun, verb and adjective… the same sentence. Rest assured that I will always be on the look out for a dark green 68 Camaro scorching past me into the sunset. His time came to leave us, and while it was sudden and we struggle to imagine life without him, we can all respect he dutifully got on board for one last classic car show in the Cloud. Webster's revised definition of "mint" = John Rau Jr. Quite simply, you rock!

William Cryer

November 23, 2020

Hi Debbie,
So sorry to hear about John. He was well liked and respected. A good man with an appreciation for humour that put smiles on faces in the few shops that I worked at. He will be missed by many. Heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family.

Will Cryer and family.

Cliff Wilson

November 23, 2020

My Deepest Sympathes To John's Family. He Was A Real Car Guy n Family Man.

Kari Laidman

November 22, 2020

John, Our brother in law, I cant believe your gone. You will be missed by so many. Thankyou for being part of our family since I was 11 years old. Thanks for always being there when we needed a hand.
Thankyou for being a great uncle to my 3 sons. And of course putting up with my sister Deb for decades ;)

Love, Kari and Bob

Bill Challis

November 22, 2020

Dear Deb and family,
My deepest condolences at this sad time. May you find comfort in your many happy memories of John and your time together.


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