George “Richard” Ausmus went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2017, at his home in Colorado Springs. He was born near Ingalls, Kansas on April 27, 1933.
Richard attended school in Holcomb, Garden City and Russell Springs, Kansas. He graduated from Winona, Kansas in 1952. He married Laura Overholt on July 27, 1952.
Richard joined the Army in May of 1953 and was a military policeman for 2 years at Camp Carson. Then they moved back to Kansas to farm and later moved to Garden City, Kansas where he worked for Garden City Masonry. They moved back to Colorado in 1960 where Richard spent many years hauling hay. In 1983 Richard and Laura opened a feed store, “Richard Ausmus Hay.”
Richard enjoyed antique trucks, traveling, family time and grandchildren’s activities. He spent many hours restoring trucks and tractors. He was a member of the American Truck Historical Society and Butterfield Trail Association.
Richard was a hard worker and respected by everyone. The twinkle in his eye and the smile on his face lit up the room as he talked about the things he loved!
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Barbara Diane; two brothers, Alfred Ausmus and Glen Ausmus; one sister, Norma Straub; and one grandson, Eric Ochs.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Laura, of Colorado Springs; children: Brad (Elaine), Rod (Linda), Marilyn Ochs (Gary) and Rick (Beckie); one brother, Roger Ausmus (Marge); two sisters: Beth Lamb-Duff and Dorothy Peitz; 16 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, March, 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Shrine of Remembrance. A memorial service will be held at Church on the Ranch on Saturday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m. with military honors following at Shrine of Remembrance.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to Church on the Ranch, 3685 Jeannine Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 or Butterfield Trail Association c/o Marilyn Ochs, 1506 K-25 Highway, Russell Springs, Kansas 67764.