Obituary of David Lee Bausch
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of David Lee “Dave” Bausch, 68, of Scarville, Iowa. Dave was a man of character, a gentle wonderful man who was much loved by all who knew him. Dave died at home under hospice care on Monday, October 5, 2020 following a long battle with small cell lung cancer, with the love of his life Christine Fischer by his side and with the help of Dave’s family.
David Lee Bausch was born October 24, 1951 in Alden, Minnesota. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed at Scarville Lutheran Church. He attended Scarville K-8 Lutheran School and graduated from Lake Mills High School. David continued his education at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota from 1969-1971 where he earned an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts.
Dave was married to Stacy Longhway from 1973-1976 and resided in California. In the 1980s, Dave had the opportunity to backpack with friends through the mountains in California. He was an admirer of nature and animals, and loved sharing stories of his adventure with others he met along the way. He enjoyed camping and fishing and shared many trips with his long time Bethany College friends. Dave loved talking and sharing stories with friends about their journey in life.
Dave was employed as office manager by Arnie’s Pump Services and Well Drilling in Rake, Iowa for more than 20 years. He treasured his friendship with Bruce Van Gerpen (owner) and his wife Lori, and considered them as family. He enjoyed sharing stories with Bruce and his other co-workers during their morning coffee breaks. Dave also had a passion for science. He was a man with many talents, always working on projects! He enjoyed rebuilding small engines and constructed his own windmill to generate power.
While attending Bethany, in 1969, David and Chris dated. Their relationship was blessed by re-uniting after 47 years of being apart. Dave and Chris have been together for the past four years, living in Kiester, Minnesota with their dog “Katie”. Chris was Dave’s primary caregiver throughout his cancer illness.
Dave is preceded in death by his father Nile Bausch, mother Vivian Joy Brudvig, and stepfather Milford Brudvig. He is survived by brothers Wayne Bausch of Ames, Iowa, Brian Brudvig of Tennessee and John (Alli) of Scarville, Iowa; sisters Kathy Hylland of Scarville, Iowa, Andrea (Robert) Loduha of Jackson, Wisconsin and Teresa (Mark) Ahrens of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, October 24 at the Scarville Lutheran Church, 411 Logan Street, Scarville, Iowa 50473 with the Reverend Josh Skogan officiating. Reception immediately following the church service at the Scarville Firehouse building 102 E 2nd St, Scarville, IA. Private family burial will be in the Scarville Lutheran Church cemetery later that afternoon.
Memorials may be designated to Mayo Clinic Hospice, 404 W. Fountain St., Albert Lea, MN 56007 in the name of David Bausch.
Dave will be in our hearts forever!