'Don' Rausch built hobby shop that became Orlando landmark

Ralph Don'L "Don" Rausch, owner of Orlando's iconic Colonial Photo and Hobby store, died Feb. Full Story

Since: Jan 08

Kissimmee, FL

#1 Feb 12, 2009
He was a wonderful man and i have made a lot of purchases from his store for over 30 years . I will miss him
Bud

Winter Park, FL

#2 Feb 12, 2009
A real "THANK YOU" for a man that started a hobby shop that many of us supported and knew that what we wanted and needed was always available. His touch will be sorely missed!!
Lawful

Oviedo, FL

#3 Feb 12, 2009
May he rest in peace. His hooby shop has been the greatest place to shop for me, my children and now my grandchildren.

Since: Sep 08

Orlando

#4 Feb 13, 2009
In the early 70's after my mom's divorce, the economy was in a recession due to the "oil shortage/embargo", and my mom had just started a struggling business (Lee's at the Colonial Bowling Lanes, many years later she would own Lee's Lakeside and the Lake Eola Yacht Club), and it was Christmastime. She had no money and Mr. Rausch let my mom Christmas shop for us in his store and told her to take whatever she wanted and to pay him whenever she could. His son Mike and I ended up in a lot of the same classes at Boone High School, and I'm not sure that Mike (or anyone else) knew what his dad had done for us. We would have had no Christmas that year if it weren't for Mr. Rausch. Thanks Mr. Rausch.
AJH

Orlando, FL

#6 Feb 13, 2009
Wonderful man, wonderful store. Sad to see him go.
Powerball

Lakeland, FL

#7 Feb 13, 2009
My post was delted! why?
Drew

Orlando, FL

#8 Feb 15, 2009
As a non-native Orlandoan, I didn't have the experience of growing up with Don's shop. However, in the last 15 years I've visited the store countless times and introduced my kids to it. Hopefully, it'll still be around for them to introduce their children to one day, but Mr. Rausch will surely be missed.
JOHN PHILLIPS

Huntington Station, NY

#9 Oct 12, 2013
I HAD THE OPPERTUNITY TO WORK WITH DON MIKE AND STEVE AT THE HOBBY SHOP IN THE EARLY SEVENTYS. HE TAUGHT ME ALOT AND WAS TRULY A NICE MAN . I WILL ALWAY REMEMBER HIS KINDNESS. JOHN

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