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David L. Silbaugh

d. April 20, 2016

David L Silbaugh, 82, of La Crosse died peacefully in his home on April 20, 2016.

He was born Sept. 30, 1933, in the town of Clinton, Wis., to Cleitus and Alice (Clark) Silbaugh.

David grew up on a farm near Dell, Wis. As a young man he worked in Southern Wisconsin and Texas, and served in the US Army in 1956 before marrying Rose Spaeth on Aug 31, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton. David worked for the La Crosse Cooler Company for 23 years, for Apex Trucking for 14 years, and he also operated his own landscaping business. Throughout his life David enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting with his family and friends. David always dreamed of building a log home and accomplished that dream in 1997 near Springbrook, Wis. Building his cabin was a labor of love and became the place where he and his extended family and friends shared an abundance of good times that will be treasured.

David was a dedicated friend to many and a hardworking, loyal family man. David and Rose had three daughters, four granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter that all gathered around him during his final days. David’s family wishes to thank Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion during this difficult time.

He is survived by his wife, Rose; three children, Susan Micheli, Joan (Chuck) Ernst, Ann (Michael) Dukes; four grandchildren, Lila Moku, Shelby Dukes, Anna and Abbie Ernst; one great-grandchild, La’i Micheli-Moku; a sister, Kathryn (Walt) Verdon; many brother- and sister-in-laws and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleitus and Alice (Clark) Silbaugh; two brothers, Donald and Lyall Silbaugh.

David was a man of faith who was grateful to our Lord for the many blessings in his life.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, April 25, 2016, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 So., 13th St., La Crosse, Wis. Rev. Rick Roberts will officiate with Entombment held in the St. Joseph Mausoleum in the Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse, Wis. Family and friends may visit from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass in Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Leo Hall Fund or to the charity of your choice.


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