Gerald N. Trausch, 85, of Spring Hill, Kan., died at home on June 26, 2012, surrounded by family and priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter.
Jerry was born June 27, 1926, in Roseland, Neb., to John and Susie Trausch. He served in Europe with the U.S. Army for two years, fighting the scourge of National Socialism raging through Europe.
After graduating from Creighton University in 1953 he used his business skills, work ethic, and affability by working as a sales rep. for Armco Steel for 30 years and Bekaert Steel for five years, retiring in 1989.
He met Mary Ellen Smith, his wife of 57 years, at the Redemptorist Social Club. They enjoyed many decades of friendships formed at the Social Club, gathering for penny poker monthly. He never left farming completely behind, tending to his garden and acreage, and occasional “roadside farming.” He enjoyed assisting his children in sports, particularly baseball and softball, was on the parish councils at Queen of the Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart Parishes, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and served on the Rural Water Dist. #7 board.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Maureen; granddaughter Mallorie Kaye Trausch; brothers: Fr. Anthony, Fr. Robert, Albert, Wilfred, Raymond, Maurice, Ralph, Louis, and Francis; sisters Irene Matyka and Margaret Kresha.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen; sons: Pat (Pam), Red Oak, Texas, John, Spring Hill, Kan., Terry (Ann), Portland, Ore., Mike (Jean), St. Marys, Kan., Robert (Jennifer), Smithville, Mo.; daughters: Laura Hammons, Gallup, N.M., Mary (Jim) Toplikar, Eudora, Kan., Tricia (Chris) McKenna, Potomac Falls, Va.; sister, Theresa (Vince) Seiker, brother-in-law Terry Smith, and 34 grandchildren.
A visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 29, 2012, rosary at 7pm at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Mo. Solemn High Requiem Mass in the extraordinary form will be at 9 a.m., June 30, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament, 2203 Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City, Kan. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the newest parish of the Archdiocese, Saint Philippine Duchesne Parish, 5035 Rainbow Blvd., Westwood, KS 66205. Memorial contributions, fond memories and condolences for the family may be left