Gary Lee Rauckman

Gary Lee Rauckman, 79, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on Thursday August 25, 2022.

Gary was born in Hutchinson, KS on June 1, 1943 to Harold August and Mary Margaret Rauckman. He was the second of four children.

He graduated from Buhler High School in 1961. He married Kathy Schmidt on September 8, 1961. They moved to Lawrence where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas University in 1966. Gary began his engineering career as a student engineer with Kansas Power and Light and became a full-time employee after graduation. Following graduation, KPL moved him to Abilene, KS to be the power plant superintendent. He was employed there for two and a half years.

Abilene was a special place for the family. It was there that Gary committed his life to Christ through a Billy Graham movie. That encounter changed not only him but also Kathy and the priorities of the entire family. That encounter with Christ was the foundation that has built the family legacy.

In 1969, KPL was building an addition to the Lawrence plant, and they moved Gary back to Lawrence to be involved with that construction. In 1972, a friend who was a residential contractor invited Gary to be his superintendent. That invitation became a huge decision and after careful consideration, the invitation was accepted. Gary continued as a contractor for the remainder of his life. He enjoyed the work but also found it possible to be a more hands-on father to his three children. This was a wonderful period in the family’s life. He and his boys played softball together, and the entire family enjoyed camping and outdoor life.

Gary was selfless and caring. He was a good provider and particularly faithful in his work, his home, and his church. He was a good friend to many, offering support when needed. He had a happy smile, a passion for life and loved having fun. Gary was a lifelong hobbyist. His interest was in model trains and building radio control planes and jets. He loved to take things apart and built model airplanes from scratch. He had a pilot’s license and owned a Russian Yak and a Piper Cub airplane. He enjoyed mentoring men in the Bible. In his casual way he made a difference in the lives of many. He will be deeply missed but he leaves a treasured legacy of faith, hope and family.

Survivors include his wife Kathy of Lawrence; twin sons Kevin (Carol) Rauckman of Olathe, KS, and Kelly (Lorraine) Rauckman of Shawnee, and daughter Tonya (Kent) Broddle of Overland Park; Grandchildren Jared (Christen) Broddle of Los Angeles, CA, Rebekah Rauckman (Taylor Foye) of Prairie Village, Emily (Connor) Pemble of Olathe, Grant (Katelyn) Rauckman of Olathe, Sarah (Grant) Morris of Prairie Village, Owen (Brooklyn) Rauckman of Kansas City, MO, Hannah (Jason) Prichard of Olathe, Rachel Broddle of Overland Park, Katerina Brockmann of Shawnee, Charles Brockmann of Shawnee; and three great-grandsons, Shepherd, Myles, and Jesse; a sister Anita Jo (Robert) Ensz of Galva, KS, two brothers, Robert Harold (JoAnn) Rauckman of Topeka and William Greg Rauckman of Sturgis, SD. Gary was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Julia Rauckman.

The Celebration of Life will take place on September 10, at 2:00pm at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3312 Calvin Dr., Lawrence, KS, 66049.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s name to Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Insight Women’s Center of Lawrence or Jayhawk Modelmasters. These may be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Darrel Cordle...

What can a person say about Gary Rauckman. There are not enough positive words or phrases to describe Gary! He was definately one of a kind, as for me i always enjoyed being around him. I enjoyed flying with him in his Piper Cherokee, J3 Cub and the Russian Yak ! I know I as well as all his family and friends will think of him often and really miss him dearly ! Our God in Heaven broke the mold when He sent him to earth to dwell among us! He is probably flying everything he can get his hands on in that gloryus Kingdom we call Heaven! May God bless his family In the coming days ahead and give them peace and comfort!

From Tracy Fader Bechtel...

Gary was my youth group pastor at the Free Methodist Church in 1971. I have memories of him, Kathy, Kelly and Kevin. May he rise in Glory and rest in Peace.

From Bill Elkins...

I am very sorry for your family’s loss. Every person that ever met Gary either through his Church, work or hobbies will remember him as a kind and caring person. When he walked into a room you knew he was special, and I was privileged to know him and will miss him dearly. I always considered him a friend and my life is more joyful because of the time we got to spend together.
Farewell Rocketman and I’ll see you again one day.


Condolences to all in the Rauckman family. May memories you hold comfort you as you grieve. Holding you all in our hearts.

From Bill Miller...

Gary was a good friend and will be missed very much. When I thought of the Lawrence Model Masters I saw Gary. Gary was a great representative of that club and worked hard making it the club it is today. As model builders we enjoyed talking about our hobby and its challenges. I will miss talking with him at our events.

From Tom and Bettie Griffith...

Dear Kathy, Kevin, Kelly, Tonya, and families! So sorry for you in the loss of Gary. So thankful for his faith and witness for the Lord!

We have blessed memories of the times we enjoyed with the Rauckmans!!

Love and prayers,
Bettie and Tom G.

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