Carl H. Rauschenberg Sr.

Carl H. Rauschenberg Sr., a retired Baltimore County police officer and Carroll County farmer, died of cardiovascular disease at Ridge Overlook Assisted-Living in Westminster. He was 98. (Baltimore Sun / February 28, 2012)

Carl H. Rauschenberg Sr., a retired Baltimore County police officer and Carroll County farmer, died Monday of cardiovascular disease at Ridge Overlook Assisted-Living in Westminster.

He was 98.

The son of a carpenter and a homemaker, Mr. Rauschenberg was born in Baltimore and raised in Halethorpe.

After graduating from Baltimore County public schools in 1928, Mr. Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He returned to Baltimore in 1934 and served as a mate aboard a tugboat.

Mr. Rauschenberg joined the Baltimore County Police Department in 1946 and at the time of his retirement in 1968 was working as a sergeant assigned to Precinct 3 in Franklin.

After leaving the police force, he was able to concentrate full time on his farming, which began in 1950.

"When he first went into farming, he borrowed an acre here and there," said a son, Frank M. Rauschenberg of Emmitsburg. "He was a workaholic, and between the Police Department and the farm, worked 18- to 20-hour days."

Mr. Rauschenberg raised livestock, including pigs, sheep, chickens, goats and horses, on his Woodbine farm, which he named Borrowed Acres. He also raised a wide variety of crops.

Mr. Rauschenberg was registered in the Maryland Land Conservation Program and showed his animals at numerous county and state fairs.

He was a member of the North Carroll Senior Citizen Center in Hampstead.

According to his wishes, Mr. Rauschenberg will be interred in the family cemetery on Borrowed Acres, family members said.

His wife of 55 years, the former Catherine E. Plotze, died in 1996.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Liberty Road, Winfield.

Also surviving is another son, Carl H. Rauschenberg Jr. of Swansboro, N.C.; a daughter, Mary E. Rauschenberg of Ridgefield, Conn.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com