Gary Richard Bausch, 71, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away peacefully at his home on January 25, 2022 after a valiant battle with ALS.
The youngest of four, Gary was born on February 28, 1950 to Carl and Pearl Bausch in Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife, Susan (Ledonne), three children, Caron (Will), Gina (Melissa), and Steven, along with five grandchildren, Anthony, Vincent, Elena, Marijane, and Jefferson, siblings Ken (deceased), Gwen (Jim, deceased), Whitey (Angie), in-laws, Margaret, Tom (Janet) and Douglas (Deborah), and countless nieces, nephews, and friends.
As a young boy, Gary was trained as a mason by his father, instilling a solid work ethic. Gary was always ready to offer a helping hand for any project, look for the silver lining in the clouds, and lend a sympathetic ear to a friend in need. After graduating from LaSalle High School, he went on to study at University of Cincinnati, co-owned Carl Bausch and Sons Masonry company, and retired from Western Hills Building Supply in January 2020.
As a young man, he met and married Sue, the love of his life, and for 46 years they raised three children while opening their hearts and home to numerous “extras.” A man of few words, Gary lived and shared his daily motto, "be happy, healthy, and terrific." His heart was as big as his 6'6" stature, and his hugs and devotion to family were equally large. He passed on his belief in hard work, faith, and loyalty to his children and grandchildren, inspiring them to follow their own paths in life. His family meant more to him than anything else and he was unendingly proud of his children and grandchildren.
A life-long resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gary was a lover of Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream, and LaRosa’s pizza. He was also a loyal Reds and Bengals fan, and like so many, would simultaneously cheer and yell at both the athletes and coaches. Along with his love of all things Cincinnati, Gary was a voracious reader and could often be found annotating an inspirational book either in the living room, before bed at night, or in his car while driving.
At any family gathering, Gary was frequently the first one on the dance floor and was easily recognized for his light footwork, and over-the-top dance moves, which would invariably end up in split pants for Sue to mend. Gary was known by his wife, daughters, nieces, and many others as a fun, exciting dance partner, ready to twirl them around the dance floor at any given time. To the embarrassment of his children, Gary was also quick to burst out in song, especially to the title track from the Broadway musical “Oklahoma,” which would carry across the house and yard in his deep baritone voice.
Everyone who met Gary quickly discovered he was an extremely kind, loving, and tender person. Forever our “Gentle Giant,” Gary was quick with a smile, a positive affirmation, a great big bear hug, or a goofy comment. For the last two and a half years of his life Gary battled ALS. With his devoted wife by his side, he battled the diagnosis with amazing grace, bravery, and strength, living every day with positivity and determination.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you to please consider a donation to the Live Like Lou Foundation (https://livelikelou.org/) or Team Gleason (https://teamgleason.org/) for ALS research and patient advocacy. A memorial/celebration of life will be at The Vineyard Church Northwest (9165 Roundtop, Cincinnati, OH 45251) on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. There will be a reception/luncheon following the service at Green Township Senior Center (3620 Epley Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45247).
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