Curtis A. Rauvola, 75, Randolph, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Curtis was born December 19, 1938 to Ernest and Mary (Smith) Rauvola on the family farm near Prairie Creek. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1956 and went to work at the Farm Bureau in Randolph and earned his way to become a manager.
In 1958, Curtis was first introduced to Arlene Siebenaler at a dance in Vermillion and four years later they were united in marriage on August 31, 1962 at the Randolph Methodist Church. He always had a heart for farming so he took a position at the Kerr-McGee Company where he was in agriculture supply sales for a few years. In 1969, Curtis was involved in the development of the Cominco America Fertilizer Plant in Randolph where he managed the overall operations. Most recently he was working at Nerstrand Agri Center in sales.
His interests included his fishing trips, cooking with his "kitchen gadgets", hunting, dancing with Arlene, playing cards and enjoying a good laugh. Curtis was an avid collector of vintage tractors, especially taking an interest in the Minneapolis-Moline brand. He was a 20+ year volunteer with the Randolph Fire Department and member of the Cannon Falls Masonic Lodge #34. He loved his wife and family and will be dearly missed.
Curtis is survived by his wife of 51 years, Arlene of Cannon Falls; son, Arne (Sandy) of Cannon Falls; grandchildren, Arne (Heather) and Nicki, both of Cannon Falls; brother, Jerry (Barbara) of Zumbrota and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son, Eric and parents, Ernest and Mary.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 410 W. Colvill in Cannon Falls with Rev. Leonard Siebenaler presiding. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at Lundberg Funeral Home, 5839 Highway 19 Blvd, Cannon Falls with a Masonic Service at 7:30 pm. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the service at church.
Casket bearers will be Thomas Otte, Donald Marthaler, Anthony Berg, Larry Kuehn, Richard Podritz, Carl Gieschen, Gary Hartwig and Joel Thorland. Honorary bearers will be retired and active members of the Randolph-Hampton Fire Department.