Logan Harvey Rau, son of Shonda (Huber) and Todd Rau, was born in Eureka on Sept. 27, 1988. He was brought up on the Rau farm 10 miles south and 5 miles west of Eureka in Campbell County. He attended school in Eureka and graduated with the EHS class of 2007. Athletic activities were a primary focus of Logan’s high school years as he participated in basketball and track, as well as football, his true passion. After attending college, he returned to the farm he was raised on to run the operations with his father and, as his wife Natalie said, hardly ever left. Logan and Natalie Stout met in South Padre, Texas. On a whim, Logan traveled to Nebraska to see her for the first time after meeting and they were together ever since.
Logan and Natalie were married at Eureka on July 27, 2013. As the fifth generation Rau working the land, Logan was a farmer and rancher through and through. Every morning he asked for sunshine on his baby calves, whom he put his whole heart into tending. Logan could often be seen in a tractor feeding cattle or working the land with his cellphone to his ear and candy in his hand, “going 100 miles an hour” his wife, Nattie, would say. He was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church. In the spare time he allowed himself, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, supporting Cabela’s, camping and golfing. He also loved to play with his three nieces and goddaughter that adored him and he loved fiercely. Logan will be remembered best by his unforgettable smile and his ability “tell it how it was” one minute and make you laugh the next.
Logan is survived by his loving wife, Natalie; his great-grandmother, Bernice Jeschke of the Bowdle Nursing Home; his grandparents: Harvey and Yvonne Rau of Eureka and Bruce and Del Huber of Bowdle; his parents, Todd and Shonda of Eureka; his sister, TiAnn (Matt) Poloncic of Glenrock, Wyo.; parents-in-law, David and Laurie Stout of Niobrara, Neb.; his niece, HadLee Rae Poloncic; his brother-in-law, Nick (Aliza) Stout and their children: Hudsyn and Collyns; he also leaves behind his three beloved dogs: Maverick, Colt and Benton.
Concerning honorary bearers, the list would be too long to name all the individual people who loved and influenced Logan.
Casketbearers were Wes Hilgemann and John Muske of Eureka, Steve Engel of Herreid, his brothers-in-law, Nick and Matt, Bo Dohn of Vermillion, Brandon Beitelspacher of Ipswich and Shane Rau of Minneapolis, Minn.
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