August 12, 1960 ~ May 5, 2022

Born in: Hillsboro, Illinois
Resided in: Panama, Illinois

Darrell K. Rau, 61, of Panama, passed away at 1:56 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at his residence.

Darrell was born August 12, 1960 in Hillsboro, the son of Otto and Ruth M. (Miller) Rau.  He graduated from Hillsboro High School with the Class of 1978, and went on to study at Lewis & Clark Community College.  Darrell worked his entire career as a carpenter.  He was a member of the Carpenters Local 270 and the New Douglas Masonic Lodge #0560.

Darrell married Cathy L. Wells on October 9, 1997, and they enjoyed nearly 25 years of marriage.  He was an avid reader, and enjoyed playing golf, but his greatest joy in life was the time he spent with his grandson, Jesse.

Darrell is survived by his wife, Cathy L. Rau of Panama; son, Joe Zobrist of Panama; grandson, Jesse Zobrist of Panama; parents, Ruth and Otto Rau of Panama; brother, Rex (wife, Micki) Rau of Donnellson; aunt, Ruby Wallace of Sorento; uncle, Kenneth Rau of Warrenton, MO; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 117 Walnut Street, Panama, IL 62077, with Rev. Frank Loskot, Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Panama Playground Fund c/o Village of Panama, PO Box 820, Panama, IL 62077.

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Visitation: May 14, 2022 10:00 am - May 14, 2022 12:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home
117 Walnut St.
Panama, IL 62077

Memorial Ceremony: May 14, 2022 12:00 pm

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home
117 Walnut St.
Panama, IL 62077

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  1. Light a CandleMy deepest sympathy to Cathy and the Rain family. Darrell was a great guy. May he rest in everlasting peace. I’m so sorry.

  2. I’m so deeply saddened to hear of Darrells passing.! It seems he was taken too soon’
    Prayers for all the family as this a huge loss. May God give you all comfort as you go through this dark valley.
    Know we will all be reunited some day,
    It was a pleasure to know you Darrell. RIP🙏🏼

  3. My prayers go out to Darrel’s family. And to Cathy. Go to heaven and raise your voice on high. Will miss you my friend!!

  4. Light a CandleHeartfelt condolences to Otto, Ruth, Cathy, Joe, Jesse, Rex and Micki. He will be missed by many!

    Phyllis & Jerad

  5. Ruth, Otto, Rex, Micki, and all other family, many prayers and hugs as you go through this difficult time. I’m sure Darrell and my Dad are telling stories. May you find peace in God’s love.

  6. Light a CandleMy deepest sympathies go out to my cousins Darrell’s Family, my Uncle Otto and Aunt Ruth, and my cousin Rex, Micki and their families.
    Praying for God’s perfect peace and comfort in your lives as you go through this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Light a CandleYour fight is over. It’s time for you to rejoice and reunite with all those who have gone before you. Love you, cousin Darrell. Forever in our hearts.

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to lose a son, brother, father and grandfather. My family’s prayers are with you.

  9. I am so sorry to know of this. My love and sympathy is to the family , Ruth it has to be hard to loose a son before yourself- my hugs are around you and pray God will give you all comfort and understanding!

  10. Otto and Ruth & family:
    Sending my deepest sympathy as a result of loosing your son as I to have felt the pain of losing a son my self. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Donald & Hilda Jorn

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