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Raymond George Hauser Jr.

Raymond George Hauser Jr., 57, of Greenwood, passed away at home on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

He was born in Indianapolis on April 5, 1956.

He is survived by his mother, Vi Hauser; his wife, Marcia Hauser; a daughter, Megan (John) Cogswell; a son, Kiel Hauser; a sister, Janet (Tim) Whited; Natalie Ingleright; and six nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Hauser Sr.

Raymond graduated from Emmerich Manual High School in 1974. He was a Butler University graduate (Bachelor of Arts-1978, Master of Arts-1986) from the Jordan College of Music. He loved the Butler marching band and was a proud Butler Bulldogs fan.

From 1978 to 1980, Mr. Hauser taught at Lincoln Jr./Sr. High School in Cambridge City. He then directed the “World’s Most Dangerous Band” at Franklin Central High School from 1980 to 2001, notably winning the Indiana State Fair band competition six times. He retired from Franklin Township Schools in 2011.

Mr. Hauser was an active member in his community. He directed the Murat Shrine Band and was past director of the Greenwood Community Band. He also played in the Franklin Community Band, and directed the 40 et 8 Band.

He was a lifetime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ.

He was an active member of Southport Lodge No. 270, Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, SBANA, Murat Shrine, Johnson County Shrine Club, International Association of Turtles, Royal Order of Jesters Court 15, Indiana Band Masters and Phi Beta Mu. He was honored to have been a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and a past president of his Kappa Sigma chapter at Butler University.

Ray’s enormous personality, love for music, unique sense of humor and dedication to teaching touched many lives. He strongly believed music should be entertaining and a part of everyone’s life. He found a way to make every student a part of the music program. He will be greatly missed.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St., Indianapolis. Visitation will be from

2 to 8 p.m. today at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church. Burial will be at the Gardens of Olive Branch Cemetery in Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children and St. John’s United Church of Christ, Indianapolis, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ghherrmann.com.

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