David Rau, age 58 of Starbuck, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2018 at his home.

Funeral Service for David Rau will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hoffman

Visitation for David Rau will be from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 16 at the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Hoffman. Pastor Keith Brusten will be officiating.

Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hoffman.

David Fredrick was born on April 14, 1960, in Denver, Colorado, the son of Donald and Alois (Sando) Rau. He graduated from Kensington High School in 1978, before living in Kansas, Colorado and California for nine years.  In 1987, David returned to the Kensington area, driving over the road trucking and started driving team with his brother, Duane.

In 1988, David met Sandy (Wussow) and the couple were married on January 20, 1990 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Garfield, MN. David became an instant father. David started working for Data Sales in February of 1994 and continued to work for Data Sales for the next 23 years. His brother, Duane also came to work for Data Sales and they continued to drive team together and work side by side. Dave had the love for the open highway and always was eager to get back on the road.

Dave cherished the times he spent at his parent’s homestead (farm) rural Kensington visiting with family and playing with Max, the dog!  Dave spent many memorable hunting seasons with his brothers and brother-in-law, Roger, chasing pheasants or deer. Several years ago, Dave discovered one of his true passions- smoked barbecue. Dave thoroughly enjoyed sharing his latest smoked meat with friends and family. He started competing in Ribfest’s building a team with his wife, Sandy, daughters, Rebecca and Cassandra, son-in-law, Joe and brothers, Duane and Dale, which they won several trophies.

Dave is survived by his mother, Lillian Rau of Kensington; loving wife, Sandy of Starbuck; children, Christopher (Allison) Felton of Rochester, MN, Rebecca Felton and Cassandra (Joe) Mac all of Oakdale, MN; eight siblings, Don (Marsha) Rau of Fargo, ND, Dana (Madonna) Rau of Colorado, Denise Carlson of Lowry, MN, Duane (Lana) Rau of Kensington, Diane Green of Tennessee, Dale Rau of Kensington, Alicia Thorn of Florida and Anita Rau of Tennessee; three grandchildren, Ian and Beckett Felton and Addilyn Mac along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Rau; brother, Darcy Rau and niece, Sarah Rau.

Funeral arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Hoffman.



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