Ralph L. Tau, age 90, of Conneautville, PA, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015. He was born in Venango Township, Crawford County, PA on November 30, 1924, a son of the late Theodore C. Tau and Lura Iliene Schlosser Tau and was a life-long resident of Crawford County. Ralph was married for 61 years to Margaret Headrick Tau who predeceased him in April of 2011.
He is survived by his children – Susan E. Tau of Saegertown; Chester L. Tau of Springboro; Mary Elizabeth Coyle (Edwin) of Cochranton; Virginia T. Pitts (Wesley) of Sarasota, Florida; Patricia J. Tau-Toussaint of New Buffalo, Michigan; and Daniel A. Tau (Jerie) of Auburn, Wyoming. His sisters – Irene McQuiston of Harborcreek; Beatrice Perry of Amarillo, Texas; and Iliene Wolfe of Roswell, New Mexico. Also, nine grandchildren – Michael Tau of Springboro; Heather Tau Henderson (Richard) of Erie; Brenda Tau (Eric Parco) of Pittsburgh; Jennifer Tau (Judson Davis) of Meadville; Erin Coyle (Mollie Sullivan) of Oakland, California; Eric Colton of Oakland, California; Brandon Tau, New Buffalo, Michigan; Shauni Tau Hinman (Joseph), Three Oaks, Michigan; Gabrielle Toussaint of New Buffalo, Michigan; and seven great-grandchildren – Jackie Tau, Emily Tau, Jade Tau, Aries Jones, Ginger Davis, Jackson Davis, Eamon Coyle; and several nieces and nephews.
Ralph graduated from Edinboro High School in 1945. He worked on his parents’ farm as a young man and trained and worked on Euclid heavy equipment in Cleveland, OH. Ralph was a burner technician with GLF/Agway from 1957 until he started his own heating service business in 1968. He operated the business until his retirement in 1981. He worked his own farm raising black angus for over 40 years, was an avid gardener, and was quick to taut his prized rhubarb patch. He and his wife spent their early retirement years travelling the United States and Canada in their RVs. Ralph was a 66 year member of Hayfield Grange, Crawford County Pomona Grange, PA State Grange, and National Grange where he held numerous offices and chaired, and served on a variety of committees. He loved hunting and fishing and was a master at the game of dominoes.
Visitation will be at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015. A memorial service will be held there at 3:00 p.m. with a private interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Rolling Fields Eldercare Community, 9108 State Highway 198, Conneautville, PA, 16406; Cochranton United Methodist Church, 114 East Adams Street, Cochranton, PA, 16314; or Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine Street, Meadville, PA, 16335.