David Birschbach

  • Born: June 10, 1936
  • Died: October 11, 2021
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

David M. Birschbach, age 85, passed away peacefully at home on October 11, 2021, surrounded by his family. Dave was born on June 10, 1936 in Fond du Lac, WI to Edwin and Laverne (Totz) Birschbach. The family moved to Monroe, WI in 1939. David graduated from Monroe High School in 1954 and started his career with Wisconsin Power & Light in Monroe. He transferred to Berlin and then WP&L Northern Area Engineering in Fond du Lac where he met his future wife Donna Ziegenhagen. They were married in 1961. They later moved to Beaver Dam, then Horicon, and again back to Beaver Dam, where Dave accepted a position in the Service Department, completing his apprenticeship as a Service Technician. He retired in 1994 after 38 years with Wisconsin Power & Light.

Dave was a jack-of-all-trades and could build or fix anything. He did remodeling on the family home on Spring Street in Beaver Dam. While living in Horicon, Dave served as a volunteer fireman. He was an avid train buff and enjoyed his time spent with the Beaver Dam Train Club. Dave was a dedicated union supporter serving as treasurer of the Dodge County Labor Council for many years, a union steward for IBEW Local 965 and on the Board of the Alliant Energy Retiree Club. He was on the Board of the Friends of the Dodge County Parks for 15 years, serving as President for 3 years. A bench in his honor is located at Astico County Park. After retirement from Wisconsin Power and Light, Dave plowed snow for the Town of Beaver Dam for five years and drove school bus for Johnson Bus for several years. He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish where he served as an usher as well as served for Masses. Dave loved "talking shop" with his co-workers and friends. Many memorable camping trips across the U.S. were enjoyed by their family while the children were growing up. They continued to travel to several countries and to almost all of the U.S. with tour groups and with Dave's brother and his wife. Dave and Donna were members of the Swingin' Beavers Square Dance Club for many years, serving as officers.

Dave is survived by his wife Donna of 60 years, sons Jeffrey Andrews-Birschbach; James and wife Sandra of DeForest and their daughter Kelsey; Jill Birschbach and husband Tim King of Evanston, IL; and Michael and wife Laura Robb and children Decca and Calvin of St. Louis, MO; sisters-in law Judith Lindberg (Dan McGlothlin) and Carolee Birschbach, nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Laverne Birschbach, his twin brother Donald in September 2021, and in laws Blanche and Roger Ziegenhagen.

The memorial service will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam.

The family wishes to thank Marquardt Homecare and Hospice personnel for their loving care, especially Stephanie, Carin, Roxanne, and Shari. If desired memorials may be directed to the Dodge County Humane Society or the Gold Star Memorial Trail (goldstarmemorialtrailwi.org)


Condolence & Memory Journal

Donna I am so sorry if you need anythig please get a hold of me. prayers to you and your family

Posted by Donna Behrmann - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   October 26, 2021

Donna & family. Our prayers and wishes go out to you. I feel like Dave helped also raise me for a couple years along with Jim since I was over at the house quite often. Sorry we could not attend the service due to travel.

Posted by Todd Prieve - Tampa, FL - Family Friend   October 25, 2021

Donna prayers to you and your family

Posted by Bob and Donna Behrmann    October 20, 2021

Our sincere condolences & love.

Posted by Linda & Rich Christensen - Estero, FL - Family   October 16, 2021

May it be some comfort to know that many care.

Posted by Ann Budde - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   October 15, 2021

I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this hour of grief. I also pray that God give you and your family the strength and perseverance and courage to come out of this. Stay strong and May God be with you all!

Posted by EMILY SOLDNER    October 14, 2021

My prayers are with you and your family. My deepest for your loss! Enjoyed your friendship from the Swinging Beavers a FEW years back!

Posted by Elaine Cromheecke Wunderlin - Sun Prairie, WI   October 14, 2021

The best giver I know. Dave. Community groups. Friends. You will be remembered. Had lots of time and fun with you and Donna. Married the same day 1961 but of course did not know each other at that time. God bless your family and give them peace.

Posted by DARLENE VAN DRISSE - Green Bay, WI - Friend   October 14, 2021

My deep sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Kay Fanshaw    October 14, 2021

My deepest condolences to you and your family Donna. Thinking of you and praying for you as you navigate your life without Dave. Take care!

Posted by Deb Wickland - HARTFORD, WI - Friend   October 14, 2021

Always enjoyed visiting with Dave and Donna as well as Dave's brother Don at the IBEW 965 Retiree Club meetings. They will both be missed!

Posted by Lori Richardson - Madison, WI - Acquaintance   October 14, 2021

Dear Donna and family, My heart goes out to all of you in your loss. You did have a full and wonderful life together. May those memories give you peace. Know that I care. Rod

Posted by Rodney Binder - Beaver Dam, WI - Friend   October 13, 2021

Donna, Our sympathy to you and all the Family. Joanne and I enjoyed being friends with you for so many years. We know Dave treasured his Family. RIP Dave. Joanne & John Starry

Posted by John & Joanne Starry - Green Valley, AZ - Family Friend   October 13, 2021

So sorry for your loss Donna. My sympathy and prayers.

Posted by Brenda Palmer-Meyer - Beeaver Dam, WI - Acquaintance   October 13, 2021

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