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Philip “Vic” Victor Rau, Sr

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 2nd, 2013

Philip “Vic” Victor Rau, Sr
Philip “Vic” Victor Rau, Sr

Descendent of Germans from Russia, Philip Victor Rau was born in Orland, California on March 7, 1926 to Philipp Rau who immigrated from Dinkel, Russia and Paulina (Kluck) who was born in South Dakota to GR parents. A resident of Reno, Nevada, Vic passed away March 23, 2013 in Newport, Oregon at the home of son, Richard and daughter-in-law, Laurie.

Vic was raised in the Sacramento, California area and worked at the Sacramento Army Depot in the Electronics Maintenance until his retirement in 1974. Vic and his second wife, Beatrice “Bea” traveled extensively, working at resorts and vacation destinations. They settled in Reno, Nevada in 1989 where Vic found employment with Harrah's Corporation. In 1992, in a contest sponsored by John Ascuaga's Nugget, Vic and Bea won a new home where they would spend many enjoyable years.

Days after his 17th birthday, Vic enlisted in the US Marine Corps. Assigned to the 3rd Marine Division, Vic saw action in the Pacific Theater, including the second battle of Guam. Vic was in the “Class of 44” at Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove, CA. Like many others, he received his diploma on his return home from the service.

Vic enjoyed family, tending his garden, smoking meats (family tradition), traveling in his fifth wheeler, bartering, fishing and hunting. Vic’s unique dry humor will be missed by family and all who called him friend.

Vic was preceded in death by his beloved wife Beatrice Amelia (nee Winsor); sons, Philip Victor Rau Jr., Larry Victor (infant); brothers, Alvin and Arnold; sisters, Ella Lippert, Edna Rau, Marie Pollock, Lillian Loverde, and Gladys Crary, and beloved cat Smokey.

Vic is survived by his first wife, Lillian Schanche (nee Earl), daughter, Sharen Denham (Robert), son, Richard Rau (Laurie), daughter-in-law, Cathy Rau (nee Milroy), sister, Ruby Pabst; grandchildren, Karalee Greenawald (Jim), Ashley Rau, and Jason Rau; plus great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He also leaves Bea's children who were like his own; daughters, Marjorie Register and Gloria Cook (David); sons, John Brunfeldt (Karen) and Charles Brunfeldt (Jullia). Vic and Bea were predeceased by her eldest son Robert Register (Susan).

Semper Fi

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