Thomas Rahbusch passed away at his home in Sutherland on May 3, 2010, at the age of 71. Funeral services were held on May 5, 2010 at the Church of Christ in Sutherland, with Pastor John Erickson officiating. Interment was in the Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland. Warner Funeral Home in Sutherland was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Thomas Carl Rahbusch, Sr., the son of Wilhelm and Catherine (Hansen) Rahbusch, was born on April 3, 1939, in O'Brien County, Iowa. He was baptized at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland on June 22, 1947, and received his early education by attending Grant country school and then Sutherland High School. After high school, Thomas worked for several area farmers.
On August 1, 1959, Thomas married Connie Davis in Sibley. Following their marriage, the couple lived north of Sutherland where he worked for the Kaisers, helping on their farm. In 1964, the couple moved to Cherokee, where Thomas worked for Lundell Manufacturing. In 1972, they moved back to Sutherland, where he helped his dad and brothers farm until 2003, when he went to work for Fuhrman Family Farms.
Thomas enjoyed playing cards, fishing and hunting with his son, Mark, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren, and at times would dance with them in the kitchen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Jann Rahbusch; daughter-in-law, Leanne Marie Rahbusch; grand-daughter, Rebecca Leigh Rahbusch; his brothers, John and William Jr.; and two sisters, Ella Alberts and Magdelena Catherine (in infancy).
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Connie of Sutherland; two sons, Thomas Jr. of Sutherland and Mark and his wife Tina of Des Moines; seven grandchildren: Jennifer Hershberger and Justine Mowrer and their families, Mark Jr., Geoffrey, Johanna, Chelsi and Riley; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Herman and his wife Glenda and Harry and his wife Gloria, both of Sutherland, IA; five sisters: Christine Mathern and Marianne Lenhart both of Sutherland, Marga Wede of Cherokee, Betty Reinfeld and Ruth Durant, both of California; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.