Local Residents Ready for John Rauschkolb's Final Goodbye

The Pearl Harbor survivor's farewell "looks to be quite an event."

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Preparations are underway for the memorial service of a beloved 92-year-old Marin County Pearl Harbor survivor who died last week.

John Rauschkolb died of a heart attack on Saturday at his San Rafael home.  

His memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in San Rafael.

"It looks to be quite an event," his son, John Rauschkolb II said.

"We're not planning a lot of this stuff but a  lot of his friends and fellow veterans and some of the younger veterans are bringing a lot of people."

Rauschkolb was serving aboard the USS West Virginia during the Dec. 7 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the United States entry into World War II.

He worked for the United States Postal Service after completing his military service, and led a local chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in Marin County after his retirement.

A Naval honor guard detail will attend the funeral, Rauschkolb II said. Veterans organizations Rauschkolb belonged to or was associated with will have representatives participating in the processions, too.

Three or four vintage World War II-era vehicles from the San Rafael World War II U.S. Military Vehicle Museum will be on display at memorial service, Rauschkolb II said.

The Rauschkolb family has asked that anyone interested in making contributions in John Rauschkolb's honor do so by contributing Pacific Historic Parks, (Oahu, Hawaii).

94-1187 Ka Uka Blvd. 
Waipahu, HI 96797
Tel: 808.954.8759
Toll-free: 1-888-485-1941
Fax: 808-485-2747


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