Richard Rauscher taught his family to love the Cardinals

Monday, December 30, 2013 | 7:27 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Richard Rauscher loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals — but he loved it even more when his wife, Kay, was watching with him.

When they were newlyweds, Kay said she didn't particularly care for the Cardinals. But by the time they celebrated their first anniversary, she was hooked.

"We tried to always make it to the last game of the year," she said.

Mr. Rauscher's trove of Cardinal memorabilia included several T-shirts, hats, a poster of the old Busch Stadium and a picture of Stan "The Man" Musial.

He also liked to watch Alfred Hitchcock films, read about President Abraham Lincoln and listen to Bob Dylan — when he wasn't playing guitar or harmonica himself.

Mr. Rauscher died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his home. He was 67.

He was born Jan. 20, 1946 in Overland to Fred and Josephine Rauscher. 

Mr. Rauscher served in the Navy for 6 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He married Kay Scherer in 1981. 

Mr. Rauscher earned a master's degree in English from MU. He loved to read autobiographies and mystery novels. Over the years, he and his wife collected several books, and they would periodically donate some to the library.

Mr. Rauscher is survived by his wife, Kay (Scherer) Rauscher; his mother, Josephine; a stepdaughter, Samantha Huff of Seattle; a granddaughter, Georgia; a sister, Mary Jo Fitts of Olatha, Kan.; and three brothers, Ron Rauscher of Austin, Texas, Steve Rauscher of Arizona, and Dan Rauscher of Tulsa, Okla. 

His father, Fred, and two brothers, Fred Jr. and Bill, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home. Services will immediately follow. He will be interred at Jacksonville Veteran’s Park on Thursday.

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