WALTER HERMANN RAUSCHENFELSWalter Hermann Rauschenfels, 86, died June 25, 2012 at Chris Jensen Health Center.
Walter Hermann Rauschenfels, 86, died June 25, 2012 at Chris Jensen Health Center.
He was born Feb. 8, 1926 in Chicago to Erich and Martha Rauschenfels.
The family moved to Duluth in 1936 and he graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1943. He began his sailing career on the Great Lakes in 1942 and transferred to the Merchant Marine in 1943 after graduating from high school. He sailed on Texaco tankers during World War II on Northern and Southern Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. After the war he switched to freighters, sailing until 1948, when he retired as master. He then entered the University of MN graduating in 1950. He became a Certified Public Accountant and established his own CPA firm in 1955. He also formed Lake Superior Compass Service and did compass adjusting and compass repairs on ships of the Great Lakes.
He was active in community affairs, having served as Treasurer of the Duluth-Superior Symphony for 15 years, Treasurer of the Lake Superior Marine Museum of six years, Vice President of the MN Society of CPAs and President of the Duluth Chapter of the MN Society of CPAs.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents and sister Dorothy McCoy.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Alyce; sons David, Thomas (Kristine), and Mark (Susan); daughters Anita and Sally (Andrew Slade); eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Thank you Chris Jensen Cedar Lane Staff for your care of our dad.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
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