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Frank C. Rauch

Company F-1
16 Apr 1938- 31 Dec 2021
Place of Death: Venice, FL
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Frank Rauch, on 31 December, 2021, at Tidewell Hospice Center, Venice, FL after a long battle with cancer. 

Frank is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughters, Nina Holton and Lesley Stover and her husband, Sean; and his grandchildren, Zoe Holton, Amelie Holton, Trace Stover, and Cole Stover. 

There will be a memorial service for Frank Rauch at 11 AM on April 8, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 790 S Tamiami Trial, Venice, FL 34285.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Joan at 130 Sunaire Terrace, Nokomis, FL  34275-2544.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be sent to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY  10306 or Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County by sending a check to Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, 1843 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL  34239 (make check payable to The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust and put “Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County” in the memo line on the check).

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\F-1 Frank Rauch.pdf

COL Frank Rauch was our Airborne Artillery Battalion Commander in the 70s in the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery (1st Bn, 320th Airborne Field Artillery, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC). He was an exceptional leader, mentor, and even better man, concerned for his troopers and their families. Surviving a near fatal injury during a training exercise, he nevertheless led his soldiers in a truly exceptional manner. A dedicated family man and volunteer, he served our country extremely well throughout his career and retirement. May he Rest In Peace; sincere condolences to his great family.

Francis Monaco


Frank Collins Rauch, age 83, died 12/31/2021 at Tidewell Hospice Center after a long battle with cancer.

COL (Ret) Frank Rauch is survived by his wife, Joan Gregory Rauch of 48 years, and two children: Nina Rauch Holton, and Lesley Stover, and son in law Sean Stover. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Zoe Holton, Amelie Holton, Trace Stover, and Cole Stover.

Frank obtained a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, as well as Master of Public Administration, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, and the Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

He was 1961 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. Frank is a veteran of 2 tours during the Vietnam War. He served a distinguished career in the United States Army from 1961 to 1988, serving at locations across the globe. During this time, Frank served as a LT Colonel, Battalion Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. Later in his Army career, Frank served as Colonel, Chief of the Human Resources Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff in Heidelberg, Germany.

After Army retirement, Frank worked for 13 years at the Workforce Development Center of Anne Arundel County. During this time, Frank volunteered his time as stage manager for Ballet Theater of Annapolis (now Ballet Theater of Maryland).

Since early 2003, COL Rauch has been an avid volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, working 3 days a week, on their construction crew. Frank served as a head usher for his church, in addition, he was an active member of the West Point Society-Florida West Coastin Tampa, YMCA, and Coastal Cruisers Bicycle Club.

Frank truly loved his family and his friends. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him.

A Memorial Service in Venice, FL and a service at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced. The family requests donations in Frank’s name to Tunnels to Towers Foundation or Habitat for Humanity for South Florida. Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Florida is handling the arrangements.  A message of condolence may be sent.