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Longtime Alaskan David Bruchhauser, 53, died April 29, 2007, in Houston, Texas, after a long, courageous battle with cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas.
"Dave passed away in the arms of his loving wife with family members present," his family wrote. After receiving a Catholic Mass service, Dave was laid to rest May 4 with family in Ohio.
His wife wrote, "We always thought we had time, but where did time go?"
A celebration of life will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday at O'Malley's on the Green with services starting at 4 p.m.
Dave was born in Evanston, Ill., on Nov. 27, 1953, to Clement and Dorothy Bruchhauser. They moved to Phoenix, Ariz., when Dave was 5 years old. He attended St. Gregory's and graduated from Bishop Bourgade High School.
Dave moved to Alaska in 1973 and worked odd jobs until joining the Fairbanks Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 375 in 1975. As an apprentice pipefitter, Dave worked on the trans-Alaska pipeline during the pipeline boom. He became a journeymen pipefitter in 1978 and continued to work in Prudhoe Bay and up and down the line full time. Dave worked as a general foreman on several jobs in the Prudhoe Bay area. He returned to college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and started working toward a bachelor's of business administration degree with a major in accounting between oil field jobs. Dave returned to college full time and graduated in 1991. He was hired by the CPA firm of Ernst & Young and started a career as a certified public accountant and financial controller. He held several managerial positions, the most recent being accounting supervisor for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
Dave's first love was racquetball. He played competitively and was one of the state's known players. His love for the outdoors lead him to enjoy golfing, fishing, softball and snowmachining. Dave's fondest memories were his annual king fishing trip to the Susitna and his annual snowmachine trip to Dawson with his best friend, Royce Morton, along with his frequent trips to Ohio to golf with his brother-in-law, Joe Mossing.
Dave was active in the community and served as past president of the board of The Imaginarium.
The family would like to thank all their relatives and friends who gave Michele and Dave love and support throughout this difficult time. Dave especially appreciated all the phone calls and visits, which made such a difference. Special thanks go to Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and all the special people at the company for their support. His family wrote, "One of Dave's last comments was that it was not a job at Alyeska; it was a family."
Dave will always be missed. His wife wrote: "He will be forever in my heart, and we will be back together again. I love him."
Dave is survived by his wife, Michele; children, Brianna and Ian; sisters, Diana Banahan of Arizona and Maureen Anderson of California; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron and Phyllis Bruchhauser and Bernie and Kathy Bruchhauser of Arizona, and Chris and Donna Bruchhauser of Montana; father- and mother-in-law, Les and Joyce Meiers of Ohio; sister- and brother-in law, Sherri and Joe Mossing of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by his father, Clement Bruchhauser; and mother, Dorothy Carlson.
Donations are being accepted at Key Bank for the David Bruchhauser Cancer Fund. Funds will be used to help Alaskans dealing with the difficult realities of cancer.
Arrangements were by Coyle Funeral Home in Toledo, Ohio.
Published in the Anchorage Daily News on 5/16/2007.
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