The Obit For Norman Rau

Norman F. Rau
Feb. 26, 1926 - Sept. 9, 2010

Published in Herald Tribune from September 10 to September 12, 2010

Norman Frederick 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 1981.

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.