Floyd Don (Chip) Drusch was the kindest man I ever knew as well as the most talented. He even died quietly from natural causes in his sleep as he went to join his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Was ever a man so blessed.
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On Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2014, Chip entered eternity joyfully and anticipating the glorious music of heaven. As we said, "At last good music."
Music was his love and talent. His guitar sounds were joyful, playful, eager and well thought out. The times of playing with his friends, Pat Asay, John Lowell and his beloved brother, Jerry, were a supreme joy.
Chip was born at home on Dec. 15, 1930, in the small Minnesota farming town of Morgan to Ewald Drusch and Lillie (Heyn) Drusch. He was one of four children having one older sister, LaVone, who continues to live in Minnesota and is a lover of life and music as she still attends dances at 91. Brother, Jim, was next who has preceded Chip in death. He died hunting geese when he fell through the ice of the Minnesota River. Jerry, his much loved younger brother and best friend, continues to live nearby and is another gifted musician of the family. A great sense of humor, kindness and music identified this family.
Chip's school days were sparse. He left school in the 8th grade mainly to pursue freedom and educating in fields he loved. His reward or punishment for leaving school came when he married Nancy Ellen (Matthews) Drusch – a school teacher. It became a loved joke for them both.
At 17, Chip left home to follow a musician's career. He played professionally in many venues for several years. However, he chose to leave music when Elvis Presley came on the scene. "If that's where music is heading, I quit."
He put his guitar away and went to Ft. Worth, Texas, to become a saddle maker. He excelled in this profession for many years. Perhaps the reward for this came while at Ryon's Saddlery where he was commissioned to make a saddle for then President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Leaving Texas in 1965, he moved to Elko, Nev., to work with dear friend, Eddie Brooks, another Master Saddle Maker. Together they worked at Capriola's Saddle Shop and eventually Chip opened his own shop. He also worked as a silversmith and did some gun engraving. His talents were developing the new fields.
Painting landscapes in oil was next. His creative talent in this area became a real love and passion as he painted scenes reflecting God's glory and places where he, Chip, would like to be.
This painting career opened up another world – marriage. It was because of an art instructor friend that he met Nancy. They courted, were engaged and then married in Manhattan, Mont., on Oct. 25, 1976. Those were 37 happy glorious years. And Nancy has lost her best friend, encourager and supporter. Chip's love and kindness made her a better person. He is and will be desperately missed.
Chip is survived by his sister, LaVone Goodell; and nephew, Steve Goodell; brother, Jerry (Wanda) Drusch; beloved and cherished niece, Kathy O'Connor and her daughter, Danielle O'Connor; niece, Nicole Pierce and her son, Ashton Pierce.
His wife, Nancy, also survives as well as step-daughter, Kimberly Seanor of Healdsburg, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Quentin and Aleah.
Praise God from whom all Blessings flow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Dry Creek Bible Church. Family graveside services will be held in Meadow View Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 30, 2014
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