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Edwin H. Barsachs


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Edwin H. Barsachs Obituary
Barsachs, Edwin H 1926 - 2013 Edwin H Barsachs, 87, passed peacefully after a hard-fought battle with cancer on November 16, 2013, in Dallas. He was born in 1926 to Edwin and Sophia Steindel Barsachs in St. Louis, Missouri. Ed graduated from Roosevelt High School in St. Louis but volunteered early for World War II and missed his graduation ceremony. After serving in the Army, he graduated from the Missouri School of Mines with a MS and was later awarded an honorary professional degree in Petroleum Engineering. His began his career in the oil business at Atlantic Petroleum in Dallas where he met his wife, Barbara Mouritsen Barsachs. They lived in Midland and Abilene and loved exploring Big Bend and New Mexico. His weeks were spent driving from well to well all over West Texas. They moved to Tulsa and Ed attended the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago to become a lay minister. On weekends, he preached in small Oklahoma churches that did not have a fulltime pastor. Their son, Win, was born in Tulsa and they eventually moved back to Dallas where Ed was in charge of acquisitions for Sun Oil, retiring in 1986. Ed then embarked on enjoying life full time. He volunteered at the Dallas Zoo, worked on the restoration of the Elissa in Galveston and spent a part of each summer in Chama, New Mexico renovating the Cumbres and Toltec narrow gauge railroad. Barbara and he belonged to several wine and food social groups as well as their couples club. He spent many years working as a seasonal worker for the U.S. Census Bureau and over 20 years with his morning water aerobics class at the Cooper Aerobics Center. He enjoyed looking for bargains with his buddies at First Monday. Ed and Barbara also loved to travel. They visited Europe 31 times and spent many Decembers visiting Christmas markets around Europe. Ed and Barbara visited their 50th state, Hawaii, for their 50th anniversary. He also liked a good road trip and drove his RV from Dallas to Alaska. He was an avid supporter of many charities, including his alma mater and Texas Lutheran University where he was on the development board. His last years were spent caring for Barbara. He often reminisced about their many adventures while enjoying his evening scotch or Sunday champagne with his family. Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara, and son and daughter-in-law, Win and Carla, of Dallas. He lost both parents at an early age and is preceded in death by his sisters, Veraminette and Bettyjane. A celebration of Ed's life will be held at 10:30 Friday, November 22, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Edwin & Barbara Barsachs Scholarship at Texas Lutheran University, 1000 West Court St., Seguin, TX 78155.



Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 20, 2013
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