Norman F. Rau
Feb. 26, 1926 - Sept.
Published in Herald
Tribune from September 10 to September 12, 2010
Rau, 84, of Sarasota, former publisher of the Sandusky, Ohio, Register,
died Thursday, Sept. 9, in Sarasota.
He was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Huron, Ohio, and was a resident of Huron
until 1980, when he moved to Florida.
He was publisher of the Sandusky Register from 1966 to 1978, and president
of Sandusky Newspapers Inc. and its subsidiary newspapers from 1978 to
He was a graduate of Huron High School and attended the Ohio State University.
He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II aboard an attack
transport in the Pacific theater and was honorably discharged. He signed
a contract in 1948 to pitch for the Detroit Tigers baseball club and played
in their farm system for a year. He worked as general manager of Gunzenhauser's
Department Store in Huron for about 10 years before moving into various
jobs at the Sandusky Register, starting in 1960.
Rau was named Huron Distinguished Citizen in 1962 and was elected to the
Huron High School Hall of Fame in 1996. He was chairman of the Erie County
Republican Executive Committee and was a delegate to the Republican National
Convention in 1964, 1968 and 1972. He was Erie County Jury Commissioner
for 19 years. He was a past president of the Huron Rotary Club, the Huron
Chamber of Commerce and past commodore of the Huron Yacht Club. He served
as a trustee of the former Good Samaritan Hospital in Sandusky. He was
a member of the Erie County Board of Elections for eight years.
He was a past director of Junior Achievement, the YMCA, the Erie County
Cancer Society, the Erie County Mental Health Association, the United
Fund and the Sandusky Area Chamber of Commerce. He was past chairman and
a member of the Huron Township Zoning Commission from 1958 to 1979.
He is survived by his former wife, Alice White Rau of Sarasota; sons David
A. and Norman D. Rau of Hilton Head, S.C., and New York City, respectively;
grandchildren Claire, Allen and Madeline Rau; and sisters Carolyn Claggett
and Ann Neate.
He was preceded in death by his son, Mack S. Rau in 1985; a brother, David
C. Rau in 1944; and his parents, Esther and Norman H. Rau.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at Toale Brothers
Funeral Home, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.
The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 18, in Huron. Burial will be at Scott
Cemetery in Huron.