Tauscher Ulysses Bretz, 98, resident of Wallace County Community Care Center died July 15, 2021, at Goodland Regional Medical Center in Goodland, KS. He was a life-long farmer and rancher in rural Wallace, KS. He was born April 27, 1923, to Roy Allen and Mary (Tauscher) Bretz south of Winona at his grandparent’s home. He was the oldest of six children.
On June 16, 1948, Tauscher married Opal Mae Martin in Oakley, KS. Two sons were born to this union, Richard and Mike. They were married for 63 years before Opal’s death in 2012.
Tauscher loved to run a tractor throughout his life. His passion was moving dirt. He built several dams and water diversions on his property during the years. In later years he would pick rocks and junk off the road to occupy his time and keep from getting flat tires. He was proud of the fact that his grandson is the 5th generation to ranch and farm on the “home place.”
Tauscher was a member of the Wallace Mason Lodge, for 74 years. He also served on the McAllaster Township Board, Logan County Conservation District Board, the Great Plains Electric Cooperative Board and was a member of the Winona United Methodist Church.
Preceding him in death was his wife Opal; his parents; one brother, Lindy and two sisters, Mary and Roma. Survivors include two sisters, Lois Ann and Shirley; two sisters-in-law, Lola and Lillian; sons, Richard (Jean) Bretz, of Wallace, KS, and Michael (Roberta) Bretz, of Goodland, KS; three grandsons, Blake (Rebekah) Bretz, Aurora, CO, Warren (Melissa) Bretz, Sharon Springs, KS and Kaler (Samantha) Bretz, Wallace, KS; 7 great-grandchildren, Noah, Harper and Isla, of Aurora, CO, Beckett and Canaan, of Sharon Springs, KS and Sadie and Clayton, of Wallace, KS and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen. A graveside service will be at the Winona Cemetery at 2 pm CT on August 3, 2021. A reception will follow at the Winona Methodist Church in Winona, KS. Memorials can be made to Wallace County Ambulance Association, sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit www.baalmannmortuary.com
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