BELFAST — Carlton Lange “Mike” Rauch died peacefully on Jan. 12, 2023, at his home in Belfast. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 14, 1930, to Carl A. and Emma Anna (Lange) Rauch.

In 1947 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of the war in Korea. He participated in the Inchon Landing and the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, among other battles. He was the recipient of the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. In his later years he was a 100% disabled veteran because of frostbite and other combat conditions.

Following the Marine Corps, Mike worked for Western Electric for 24 years. In 1951 he married Patricia A. Guthrie and they raised their family in Chardon, Ohio. In 1976 he started Rauch Instrument Co. In 1981, he and Pat moved to Belfast.

Mike was past commandant of the Mid Coast Detachment of the Marine Corps League, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart and DAV. He was an active citizen in Belfast, having served on the Belfast City Council, chaired the Charter Commission and served 22 years on the Harbor Committee.

Mike was predeceased by his first wife, Pat, in 2007 and his brother, Clifford A. Rauch in 2016. He is survived by his wife Tike Voet; son Jeff, and his wife Arline of Belfast, and their daughter Elizabeth Rauch of Charlotte, N.C.; and daughter Jill Helmkamp and her husband Jim of Auburn, and their daughter Annie Helmkamp of Boston. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Janet Rauch of Overland Park, Kansas, and her family.

There will be a memorial get-together at a later date featuring, “Beer, Brats, and BS.” The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Kindred Hospice for all of their help and support.

Donations may be made to the Belfast Free Library, Gentiva Hospice and the Waldo County YMCA.  Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.

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