|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1962|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 2005|
Jerry Dwayne Bauserman, 42, of Daphna Road in Broadway, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.
Mr. Bauserman was born Oct. 30, 1962, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Joseph M. Bauserman of Colorado and Anna Solka Reedy of Singers Glen.
He worked for Rockingham County Fire and Rescue, where he served as assistant chief, since 1988. He was a life member of Hose Company No. 4 in Harrisonburg and also was a Virginia State Fire Chief Association member.
Mr. Bauserman was a Virginia Hazardous Material response specialist and was a member of the Virginia Association of Fire Investigators. He graduated from Spotswood High School in 1981.
On Sept. 9, 2000, he married the former Julie Crider, who survives.
He is also survived by a daughter, Madison Bauserman, and a son, Bryce Bauserman, both at home; a brother, James Bauserman of Coca Raton, Fla.; a sister, Libby Malarkey of Orange Park, Fla.; and stepmother, Lillian Bauserman of Colorado.
The Rev. Paul Roth and Pastor W.L. "Sonny" Henkel will conduct the funeral 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren in Broadway. Burial will follow at Linville Creek Cemetery with honors by the Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison and Bryce Trust Fund, c/o Rockingham County Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1252, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, Attention: Fire and Rescue.
Arrangements are by the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.
Obituary from The Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, VA
County's Deputy Fire Chief Dies Suddenly At Home
By Rob Longley
(Published in The Daily News Record August 22,1985)
It's the smile they'll remember most.
That good-natured, easy-going grin that made it hard not to smile back. Never forced. Never phony. Always there.
A lot like Jerry Bauserman himself.
"He was the hardest-working person I knew," said Chief Robbie Symons of the Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue. "For 17 years, he gave everything he had to this department.'
Bauserman, the department's deputy chief, died on Saturday at his home in Broadway. He was 42. He leaves behind his wife of five years, Julie, and two small children.
The official cause of death has not been released, but friends and colleagues say he suffered a heart attack around 6 p.m. on Saturday.
"He told his wife he didn't feel good and to go ahead and call 911," said Harrisonburg Fire Chief Larry Shifflett, who worked closely with Bauserman on joint city-county fire-rescue operations. "He lay down and apparently went into arrest at some point shortly after that."
Rescue personnel arrived at Bauserman's home within minutes of the 911 call, but could not revive him, according to Shifflett.
'Easy Going Guy'
Bauserman was born Oct. 30, 1962, in Harrisonburg. He grew up in Rockingham County and graduated from Spotswood High School in 1981. He joined the county's fire and rescue department in 1988 and was named deputy chief nine years later. Bauserman also served as a county fire marshal and investigator, and a Virginia hazardous materials response specialist.
Shifflett described Bauserman as an "easy going type of guy," who did his job "in a calm and professional manner."
"He was very easy to get along with," Shifflett said. "Him dying so suddenly and at such an early age is just a sad situation for everyone - especially his family. He certainly will be missed."
Bauserman had a way of putting people at ease, said Symons - in part by his good-natured smile.
"He had this big smile that always caught your attention," Symons said Sunday as he choked back tears. "He had such a positive outlook on life, and people saw that. He was so well-liked by everyone."
Added Brandon Peavy, chief of the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad: "I've never seen him mad - if he was mad at you, you better know it because that big smile of his was always there."
As good-natured as Bauserman was, he took his job seriously and knew the ins and outs of running a fire-rescue squad as well as anyone, Peavy said.
"As an administrator and a leader, he was a great resource to me," he said. "He was always available to answer questions about insurance or other administrative things that came up."
Funeral On Tuesday
When Bauserman was not at work, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Indeed, Bauserman's dedication to his job and community was matched only by his devotion to Julie and their kids, Madison, 3, and Bryce, 2, said friends.
"He loved his family so much," Symons said. "That was Jerry - he was just a great all around person."
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