A Legend That Will Be Missed By All
Obituary for "Doc" Alan R. Raun
Cumming, IA - On Friday, November 8th, "Doc" Alan Reed Raun joined the love of his life, Dotty, in heaven. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 3, 1927. He graduated from Storm Lake High School, served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from Iowa State Veterinary College. Alan and Dorothy Ann Dillan married on July 30, 1949, lived in Ottumwa for ten years where he practiced veterinary medicine. In 1961, the family moved to the present Reedannland farm at Cumming where he practiced veterinary medicine and raised American Saddlebred horses and Hackney ponies.
From a young age, Doc enjoyed the ponies and horses. Reedannland became his vocation, raising and training many champions. Reedannland's bloodlines are known throughout the industry.
He and Dotty felt very blessed to live in the caring community of Norwalk. They wanted to give back and donated some land for the Lakewood school and the five-acre park in Lakewood. They hosted fundraisers at the barn for the Norwalk Easter Library and other charity events.
Doc is survived by his children Rebecca (Mark) Westberg, Beth (Craig) Rowles, Peg (Ron) Johnston, Jeff Raun, Kate Raun, Terry (Kate) Raun, fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren and a sister Connie Raun Foss.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 24th at O'Leary's in Norwalk from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, November 25th at Norwalk Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 10:00 a.m.
Memorials may directed to Norwalk Schools Nutrition Department, MStM Hot Lunch Donation Fund, or Norwalk Food Pantry.
Published in Des Moines Register from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2019
"Doc" was a mentor to our Saddlebred and Hackney trainer, Mark Wilson. We have heard many stories from Mark of the years he spent working and learning from this legend. Our prayers and hearts go out to the family and all those whose lives were touched by "Doc" Raun.