Brian Scott “Gus” Kirsch, 61, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, after a brief battle with cancer.
A family memorial service will take place at a later date.
Brian Kirsch was born on Nov. 30, 1954, to Robert and Betty Jane (Block) Kirsch. He grew up in Hills and graduated from Hills-Beaver Creek High School in 1973.
One of Brian’s most memorable experiences was a trip to Mexico in the summer following graduation to remote rural areas to teach farming techniques to the indigenous people of Mexico.
In 1975 Brian joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and Alaska. He received an honorable discharge on May 28, 1978. He later entered the electrical lineman program at Jackson Vocational Technical School, Jackson, where he received his electrical lineman certification. During his career as a lineman he worked with several companies that built power lines in Arizona, in the mountains of Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont and much of the Northeastern United States. Brian also worked in Oregon and Hawaii. Brian was most proud of his work as a rib technician the past 10 years at Dakota Cub Aircraft, Brandon, South Dakota. He was part of the team that built replacement wings for Piper Cubs (“bush” planes).
Brian was a soft spoken, quiet, caring and tender-hearted man. He loved to read and gained knowledge on many subjects. He was also a talented woodworker and carver.
Brian is survived by his stepmother, Twila Kirsch, Hills; his brother, Barry (Jane) Kirsch, Riverside, Iowa; his sisters, Barbara (Ron) Koch, Bismarck, North Dakota, Becky (John) Fallenstein, Rosarito, Mexico, Deb (Luke) Mathias, Starbuck, and Cindy Pohlman, Hills; and many nephews and nieces. Brian also had a very special place in his heart for Sisily and Paulie.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Kirsch; his mother, Betty Jane Kirsch; his older brother, Robert Mark Kirsch; and aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
Arrangements were by Heartland Funeral Home of Brandon, South Dakota, www.heartlandfunerals.com.