David James DeBauche, 74, of Arbor Vitae, passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 with his wife Jacqueline at his side.
He was born in Green Bay to Ronald and Delores (Hickey) DeBauche on February 28, 1949. Dave enlisted in the Marines shortly after graduating from high school. Days before his 20th birthday he was severely injured in Vietnam rendering him disabled for the rest of his life. He was awarded the Purple Heart, as well as the Navy Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service for his work as a “Tunnel Rat.”
He may have come back physically disabled but he had the heart of a warrior and led by example. His heroics during the war and disability at a young age could have defined the rest of his life but he didn’t allow it. Rather his life was all about love for his family, animals and fishing. He was happy to spend the day on his favorite chain of lakes catching fish and just enjoying nature.
Even though pain became a way of life, Dave dedicated his life to saving wounded animals and birds of prey, a passion he shared along side his wife. He can be found on the cover of Wildlife Hospital and in many stories inside this book.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ronald and Delores (Hickey) DeBauche, and two brothers Denis and Patrick DeBauche.
He is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline; daughters Theresa Rumpf, Angela (Steve) Belliveau, Alisha DeBauche, and son Ronald DeBauche; one brother Michael DeBauche, Boulder Junction; two sisters Barbara Peters (John), Merrill and Rebecca Kaster, Green Bay; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Future celebrations of life will be announced.
Donations in Dave’s memory can be sent to Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue or Compassus Living Foundation.