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Leon Rauch

October 2, 1927 — May 14, 2019

Edgar Leon Rauch, 91, passed away May 14, 2019.

Funeral services: 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Christ Church, 5301 Alta Mesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76123. Visitation: 6-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Winscott Road Funeral Home, 1001 Winscott Road, Benbrook, TX 76126. Burial will be private.

Memorials: Disabled American Veterans, https://secure.dav.org/donate.

Leon was born October 2, 1927 in Springfield, Missouri to Fredrick William Rauch and Ida Jane Humble Rauch. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1952. Leon married Vonda Lea Young on November 24, 1949 in Billings, Missouri. He was a devoted County-Western singer and entertainer all his life. Leon was lead singer, and known as "the voice", for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys from 1958 to 1964. He formed the "Texas Panthers" western swing band in 1964 and performed with them until 1968. Leon then joined and performed with "The Original Texas Playboys" for the next 15 years. He was leader and singer, as sanctioned by the Wills family. Leon performed each year at the Bob Wills day festival the last weekend of April in Turkey, Texas.

Leon was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, William Lawrence "Larry" Rauch in 1985.

Survivors: Loving wife of 69 years, Vonda Rauch; son, Michael Dean Rauch of White Settlement; grandsons, Brandon Lee Rauch and Eric Michael Rauch; great-grandchildren, Airyka Alexandria Rauch and Kuiper Eric Michael Rauch; and many other loving relatives and friends.

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