Paul Andrew Kausalik "Andy" was born on March 4, 1949 to Carol and Paul Kausalik in Albia Iowa, and was the eldest of three. As a child, he spent much of his time with his mom, dad, and grandfather learning all he could about life and carpentry. They instilled in him a strong work ethic he would use the rest of his life. In high School he met the love of his life, Brenda. She was a car hop, while he worked in the kitchen at his Parents A&W Restaurant. At the sweet age of 20, they got married and set out to have a family and a lifetime of amazing adventures. He would spend ten of those early years as a radio DJ. One of his favorite pass times in the car was singing along to the radio, especially the Beatles, and quizzing anyone who would lend an ear to him on who it was or when it was in the charts. On one of their adventures, they visited Colorado and decided Durango would be the place they called home with Brenda and their son Michael. He transferred USPS offices and was there until he retired 32 years later. It was here in Durango that he would start to put those carpentry skills to work making a small log cabin at the top of Sierra Verde into a home fit for his family and friends. He did this with their homes in Maricopa, La Junta, and Long Beach as well. If you ask anyone that knew him they would tell you he always had a project going and knew how to have a great time. He loved to work with his hands and he built everything from room additions to decks around the house. When he wasn't working, you could find him enjoying life and traveling. He especially loved train rides, spending time with his family, eating at every restaurant that he could at least once, playing games with the family, or taking in a concert or sporting event. Andy enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest every moment he could. He was easy going, kind hearted, and made friends everywhere he went. He loved and was loved fiercely and is tremendously missed by all that knew him. Andy passed away in his home on August 21, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years- Brenda Kausalik, Son- Michael Kausalik, Sisters- Kendra Van Loo and Netta Kausalik, Grand Daughter- Chelsea Probert and Three Great Grandchildren- Jayden, Victoria, and Nathan Probert, and numerous extended family. A small celebration of life will be held at a later time.
Published by The Durango Herald on Aug. 31, 2021.