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Rau's Sister: 'He Loved. He Just Loved'

April 30, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Rau's Sister: 'He Loved. He Just Loved'

His soul will forever be on the farm. Logan Rau, along with three other South Dakota farmers, lost their lives when a plane they were in went down Sunday night just south of Highmore.

"Devastated doesn't even begin to cover how we feel. The tip of the iceberg," Rau's sister TiAnn Poloncic said.

Poloncic was at her home in Casper, Wyoming when she got the news.

"At 4:30 in the morning, my husband got a phone call from my mother. He gave the phone to me. She told me that my brother hadn't made it home and that there weren't any survivors," Poloncic said.

They immediately drove home to Eureka. It has been difficult for everyone to navigate through their sorrow, but the blow is slightly softened by the love and support of others.

"We've had people from the cattle industry in probably every state call or text or Facebook to give us their condolences. It's overwhelming," Poloncic said.

Rau's loves were his family and the farm. Those lives often intertwined as he would help his dad make chores easier with some innovative thinking. Poloncic says he also taught his dad how to text and use the Internet, so they could always stay in touch.

The last time Poloncic saw her brother was over Easter, giving him some quality time with his one-year-old niece.

"We went out to pasture with him and sent bails to some cows. He taught her how to honk the horn, so now she's been pushing buttons and flicking switches ever since," Poloncic said.

As a community prepares to say goodbye to Logan Rau, his sister is making sure everyone knows exactly who he was.

"He loved his wife and family with all his heart. He loved his puppies, he loved. He just loved. When he loved, he loved hard. What he did, he did hard. He did everything to the Nth degree," Poloncic said.

That includes being a great brother.

Poloncic says these men were not just a random collection of farmers, they were like brothers, making this loss even harder to handle.

A visitation will be held for Logan Rau Thursday with his funeral on Friday.  A memorial fund has been set up through Great Western Bank in Aberdeen.
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