Eustachius J. (Gus) Duchschere, of Fargo, died Monday, September 6, 2004, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo of an apparent heart attack. He was 70.
For more than 30 years Duchschere was an aviation technician and supervisor at the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo, where he directed the operations of several maintenance shops. He retired in 1989 with the rank of senior master sergeant.
He was born December 31, 1933, in Rugby, ND, to Charles and Frances Duchscher, and grew up on the family farm south of town. After graduating from Rugby High School in 1952, Duchschere enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served for three years, specializing in aviation maintenance. He joined the Air Guard in 1958 after working two years for Capitol Airlines in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, MN.
In 1957 he married Dorothy Steinbach at St. Mary?s Cathedral in Fargo. She survives him, along with three sons, Kevin Duchschere of St. Paul, MN, Kyle (Beth) Duchschere of Chanhassen, MN, and the Rev. Paul Duchschere of Fargo; and four grandchildren, Jacqueline and Jennifer, both of St. Paul, and Claire and Charles, both of Chanhassen. He also is survived by brothers, Chris Duchschere of Fargo, and John (Bernie) Duchscher of Rugby; and sisters, Johanna (Ludwig) Hoffert of Rugby, Carolyn VanRaden of Fargo, Catherine (Ken) Deeter of Tucson, AZ; Vernice (Bill) Knutson of Pauma Valley, CA, and Anna Mae (Russ) Bezanson of Minot, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and six brothers, including Herman Duchscher, of Fargo, last week.
Memorials are preferred to the Father John P. Smith Foundation, Holy Spirit Church, Fargo.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Church of the Holy Spirit, 1420 7th Street N., Fargo. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul?s Newman Center, 1141 University Drive N., Fargo. Visitation will be from 6:15-7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul?s Newman Center, and from 12-1 p.m. Thursday in the church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com