Dave J Ausmus Sr, 89, passed away at 1:30 am Friday, February 24, 2023 at The Loft Rehabilitation and Nursing in Eureka, IL.
He was born on March 31, 1933 in Edina, MO, the son of the late David B. and Jennett Hunter Ausmus. He married Dorothy Ausmus on October 26, 1956 at Knox City, MO. She passed away on November 25, 2022. His parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters also preceded him in death
Surviving are his 4 children; Larry (Joyce) Ausmus of Edwardsville, IL, Connie Ausmus of Eureka, IL, Theresa Altes of Stanford, IL and Dave J Ausmus Jr of Eureka, IL. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren. .
Dave worked extremely hard providing for his family and his work ethics was second to none. He was at Caterpillar for 32 years of service and juggled other jobs ranging from conducting his personal auto and small engine mechanic business out of his barn, part owner of a farm with livestock and split/delivered/sold firewood.
Dave was also an extreme St Louis Cardinals baseball fan! He loved to hang out with his friends and have fun with others by sharing his funny and joking personality. Dave would watch Saturday morning cartoons before going out to work in the barn with his youngest son Dave and would laugh so hard he would cry watching Road Runner!
Dave had a passion for outdoor grilling for everyone! He also was an avid coon hunter. Dave was enlisted in the Army and served his country during the Korean War. He served as a commander at the Deer Creek American Legion and involved all his life. His mother's favorite song was Old Rugged Cross and became his favorite as well.
All of Dave's children learned the importance of working hard to provide for their family and helping friends too. He wanted his children to have an easier upbringing than what he experienced and he accomplished just that.
No funeral will be held. A private family service will take place at a later date.
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