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“Mark, I have never forgotten you. You was always kind and funny. You made me laugh time and again on the bus and in school. I think one of the...Read More ┬╗
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Mr. Mark S. Rau, age 51, of Cedar Springs, passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, August 7, 2010. He grew up on the family farm in Cedar Springs where he helped his family and also his neighbors. Mark was a graduate of Kent City High School; he played and lettered in football. Through friends, Mark and Christy met and had their first date at a Mexican restaurant. After a loving courtship they were married on July 14, 1979, a very hot day, at Mary, Queen of the Apostles Church by Fr. John Porter. After his graduation Mark began an apprenticeship as a plumber, and then began working for Van's Plumbing & Heating, and later Gebhardt's Plumbing & Heating. After completing his Master Plumbers license, he started his own business, Mark S. Rau Plumbing & Heating and did independent contracting for Bradford-White Corp. He and Christy were the best of companions, especially golfing and antiquing. Mark also participated in a golf league. He was the perfect father who taught his children to be loving and good to others. Mark was a nature lover, and his children remember his talks about nature and what was made. He provided them with a strong faith in God. They recall the many good times they had water skiing, snowmobiling, or just working together. Mark was a simple man who was very passionate about the less fortunate. He also had Bella, his talking parrot, who only connected with him. Mark is survived by his loving wife, Christy; children, Ann Rau and her fiancÚ, Kendall Busbee of Coopersville, and Steven Mark and Jamie Rau of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Alyssa Michelle Rau, Hayden Lee Busbee, and Xander Steven Rau; mother, Mrs. Steven (Delores) Rau of Cedar Springs; sister, Kathy and Randy Kahrs of Casnovia; brother, Tom and Roxanne Rau of Cedar Springs; nieces and nephews; and Christy's loving family. He was preceded in death by his father, Steven Wesley Rau, his nephew, Kristopher Kahrs, and his mother-in-law, Marcia Fries.