July 19, 1925 Oct. 5, 2013
BERT RAU, 88, passed away on Oct. 5 at his residence in Red Bluff, CA. He was born on July 19, 1925, in Dickinson, ND, to Benjamin and Martha Rau. He grew up in Dickinson with his brothers and sisters. Bert served in the US Army infantry in World War II with Company A, 121st Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. He served in campaigns in France, Luxembourg, and Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart, combat infantrymans badge, and several campaign medals. He was wounded during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest, but returned to combat to participate in fighting in the Ruhr Pocket. Bert completed a second tour with the Army after the war on occupation duty in Italy with the 88th Division as an MP. After the war, he married Ruth Beck of Sacramento and had two children, Wayne and Ralph. Bert and Ruth were married for 47 years when Ruth passed away in 1995. Bert worked in tile work as a helper and tile setter for almost 45 years for many tile contractors in the Sacramento, CA area. During all this time, he barely missed a day of work. Bert also loved to work with his hands and build things, and built two houses and many intricate fountains, walls, grape arbors, and other projects at the places he lived well into his seventies. He was an avid pedro and cribbage player. Bert and Ruth loved to read novels and also going to the movies. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his sisters Myra and Dot, his brothers Ed and Ben, and his wife Ruth. He is survived by his sons, Wayne Rau of Sacramento, CA, and Ralph (Melissa) Rau of Grangeville, ID, and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Rau of Boise, ID, and Stuart Rau of Moscow, ID. A graveside service with military honors was held on Oct. 11 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Red Bluff, CA.