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Obituary for David Birschbach

June 10, 1936 - October 11, 2021
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin | Age 85


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 (

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