David Robert Beerbohm
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David Robert Beerbohm of rural Plain, WI, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 76 on October 5, 2021. Dave was born in Watertown, WI on October 28, 1944 to William and Bernice (Wright) Beerbohm. He graduated from Watertown High School where he took four years of trade school instead of an academic path, culminating in a wealth of knowledge in various trades. He built homes and later went on to pursue his passion as a master upholsterer. Dave was an avid storyteller and had a set of classic tales he'd pull off the shelf, each telling more animated than the last. He also had a reputation as class clown and jokester of the family when he was younger, according to his mother and siblings. The fact that he still had packages delivered to him at the "You Better Get Kraz-E Ranch" illustrates that this sense of humor never left him even as he aged. Throughout his life, Dave enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, and camping with the family. He also enjoyed leisurely drives to nowhere, watching for wildlife and the fall colors. When he wasn't outside, he spent time in his workshop where he expressed his talents as a woodworker and an inventor of sorts, making countless creations out of found and recycled objects, including his series of "psychedelic birdhouses" and, more recently, a souped-up deer hunting shack, complete with a solar-powered radio and television. He generously shared his artistic woodworking pieces with family and friends and gave his time and talents helping whoever needed it. Dave was also the sole proprietor of Bob's Bicycle Shop, a fictional business he regularly snuck into his phone greetings and others played along with. His daughter Cassie is still wondering when he'll finish replacing the streamers on her handlebars. We don't know much about death but one thing is certain?if anything follows Dave into the afterlife, it will be a trail of laughter and smiles.
Dave is survived by his wife of 18 years and partner for many more, Veronica Schmidt; daughter Cassie Feltz of Madison; special stepson Anthony (Sheila) Klauer of Sun Prairie; and sons Scott (Jill), Joseph (Shirley), Todd, and Paul Beerbohm of Watertown. He is also survived by his siblings Caroline Evans and Donald (Zona) Beerbohm of Johnson Creek; grandchildren Owen and Maxwell Feltz, treasured Serenity Klauer, Jenna Hutchins, and Jordan, Brandon, and Alicia Beerbohm; a great granddaughter, Nelly Beerbohm; brothers-in-law and special friends Brian Schmidt and Allen Timm of Watertown; and many other relatives and friends. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Karen Timm, Shirley Mallow, and William Jr., Larry, and Jerry Beerbohm; and his beloved dog, Drake. From all of us still left on this earth?we'll see you on the flip flop, Dave.
A private celebration of life will be held at a future date. Gunderson Funeral and Cremation Care are assisting the family with arrangements. Memories may be shared at www.gundersonfh.com.