John William Bausch, age 84, a lifelong resident of Venango, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown.
Born on March 4, 1929, in Fairview, John was a son of the late Frank Bausch and Orinda Struechen Bausch. He married the former Shirley Lasher on Dec. 30, 1950, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 2006.
John was employed at Carnation Milk Co. in Cambridge Springs for 43 years, managed the Cambridge Springs Skat Gas Station for five years, and was a security guard at Edinboro University for three years. Following his retirement, he worked for 10 years with his son at Bausch’s Service Station in Cambridge Springs until Nov. 1, 2010.
John joined the Venango Volunteer Fire Department on June 20, 1950, and was a lifetime member serving at various times as chief, vice president, president, treasurer and dispatcher, and also with the fire police. He served for eight years on the Venango Boro Council, and he and his wife, Shirley, served as chairpersons of the fruit and vegetable exhibits at the Crawford County Fair for 20 years. In addition, John served as a trustee of the Venango Lutheran Church until its closing.
He was a Little League coach and was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts. Currently, he was a member of Venango United Methodist Church.
Surviving John are three daughters, Patricia Higgins and her husband, Ben, of Cambridge Springs and their children, Jennifer, Marsha, Benjamin and Jessica; Paulette Klinginsmith of Venango and her children, Melissa, Terry Jr. and Kelly; and Shelley Bausch of Venango; and his son, John Bausch II and his wife, Kathy, of Edinboro and their children Nathan, Dustin and Meghan. He is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Shirley, of 56 years, and by a brother, Miles Bausch; a son-in-law, Terry Klinginsmith; and a grandchild, William Benjamin Higgins.
Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend the funeral there on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Christine Rogan, former pastor of Venango United Methodist Church.
Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Venango United Methodist Church, 21472 Church St., or to the Venango Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship Fund, 21486 Meadville St., both of Venango, Pa. 16440.
To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefuneralhome.com.