Brian Scott “Gus” Kirsch


November 30, 1954 ~ November 6, 2016

Brian Scott “Gus” Kirsch passed away at the age of 61, at his home, in Sioux Falls, on Sunday, November 6, 2016 after a brief battle with cancer.

Cremation has taken place. A family memorial service will take place at a later date.

Brian was born on November 30, 1954, to Robert M. and Betty Jane (Block) Kirsch. He grew up in Hills, Minnesota and graduated from Hills-Beaver Creek High School in 1973.

One of Brian’s most memorable experiences of his many, was the summer after graduating. Brian and friend, Rodney, traveled to Mexico enjoying many interesting sights and the culture. They traveled with Rodney’s brother 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, Minnesota 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 held many and various jobs around the area, in Oregon and also in 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). These replacement wings were shipped to destinations throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and the UK. His exacting and meticulous craftsmanship made him a valuable member of the team.

Brian was a soft spoken, quiet, caring and tender-hearted man. He loved to read and amazed us with his knowledge on so many subjects. He was a talented woodworker and carver. He had many beautiful projects in the making that will not be finished by his hands.

Brian is survived by his stepmother, Twila Kirsch, Hills, Minnesota; his brother, Barry (Jane) Kirsch, Riverside, IA; sisters, Barbara (Ron) Koch, Bismarck, ND, Becky (John) Fallenstein, Rosarito, Mexico, Deb (Luke) Mathias, Starbuck, MN, and Cindy Pohlman, Hills, MN; and many nephews and nieces; Brian also had a very special place in his heart for Sisily and Paulie.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Kirsch; his mother, Betty Jane Kirsch; his older brother, Robert Mark Kirsch; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

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  • Rodney Bajema says:

    My deepest sympathies to your family. I was shocked to hear of his passing. I would be grateful if you would let me know when his memorial service is scheduled. Once again, you have my deepest sympathy.

  • Howard Smedsrud says:

    To the family of Brian Scott “gus” kirsch, please except my deepest sympathies and know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers,”go rest high on that mountain,son your work on earth is done,go to heaven a shoutin, love for the father and the son”… Rest In Peace Brian Scott Kirsch…

  • Kathy says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. May you Rest In Peace Brian. I knew him growing up in Valley Springs. All of us local girls had a crush on Brian. He was a sweet man.

  • AseraCare Hospice says:

    During this time of loss, we at AseraCare Hospice, would like to extend our condolences to you and your family. The nurses and staff at AseraCare thank you for the privilege of being able to serve you during these difficult times. May the Lord bless you and keep you.
    – The AseraCare Hospice Team

  • Troy Den Herder says:

    Certainly wasn’t expecting to hear such sad news today .One of the nicest, most easy going, give you the shirt off his back people I have ever met . The guy would go without himself to help others . This work will miss him .

  • Brad Larson says:

    My Heartfelt sympathies to Brian’s family. Some of my best memories of my youth was growing up together in Hills. As it has been mentioned …now looking back even then his attention to detail was ever present. I pray that his memory lives on with all of us.

  • Jon Ortman says:

    I went to Lineman School with Brian and lived and worked with him out in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Iowa. I am sorry to hear of your loss and his passing. Please keep me informed of his memorial, I would like to attend.

  • Jerre says:

    So many memories of the cousins growing up. Brian buried in comic books at family gatherings, staying with us, how he got that name Gus. Reading the comments above describe the gentle soul that defined Brian. Hugs to all the Kirsch’s.

  • Deb Mathias says:

    Thank you to all who have left such great words and remembrances of Brian, our brother. He was a very gentle soul and will be greatly missed. His birthday is tomorrow, Nov. 30th, so say a prayer. The memorial service will be held in the spring/summer.

  • Mary York says:

    What a nice remembrance of Brian! A real sweetie.

  • Barbara Kirsch Koch says:

    Thank you all for the kind words, thoughts, prayers and sharing memories of our much loved brother, Brian.

    Brian kept notes with favorite verses and thoughts in journals and notebooks. In one small leather book he wrote, “Be without fear in the face of you enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth, always,even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong. That is your oath.”

    This is Brian and how he tried to live his life.

    If you would like to attend Brian’s Memorial Service (Spring/Summer 2017)you may contact me at I will contact you with the date, time and location.

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