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Konrad Stauch

October 20, 1950 January 20, 2010
Konrad Stauch
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Obituary for Konrad Stauch

Konrad Stauch, Attorney, Developer, Missionary, Family Man

Konrad Stauch, of Milford, formerly of Southfield and Farmington Hills, passed from this life, at home in the care of his family, on January 20, 2010, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born on October 20, 1950 in Austria, he was the son of Johann and Maria Gottschling Stauch. He graduated from Fraser High School in 1969 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Wayne State University in 1972 before earning his Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law in 1976. He practiced law in Southfield, Farmington Hills and Wixom and was senior partner in the firm of Stauch, Arabo, Dickow & Ward. He co-owned DS Properties, a real estate development and construction firm.

While law was his profession, and property development his avocation, his life's passions were his family and his faith. As a young man he met and married the love of his life, Christel, his beloved wife of thirty-eight years, and together they raised their daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Baxter of Milford and Cheri Stauch of South Lyon.

He founded Acts Ministries, Inc., and served on the Board of Hope International and Jesus Alive Ministries (J.A.M.) and did mission work globally, building churches and orphanages in Kenya, Jamaica, Venezuela, Mozambique, Sudan, Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa, and a school in the Dominican Republic. From his hospital bed in the past week he helped to dispatch a medical missionary team to earthquake ravaged Port au Prince. He took seriously his Savior's commission to serve, to shelter, to feed and clothe, to help in any way he could, and to spread the Good News of his own deep faith in everything he did. These were the values he passed on to his children and grandchildren. An introspective man, he kept a daily journal in which he traced the progress of his cancer, he called it, "Ralph", and opened his contemplations to family and friends and allowed them to share it with others on the internet where eventually thousands of daily readers would follow his pilgrimage through the valley of the shadow of death. His journal encouraged and strengthened his readers, who in turn, emboldened him. He called them his "Arm Holders", in a reference to Aaron and Hur holding up Moses arms to prevail in battle. Of all his blessings, most cherished among them, were his grandchildren, for whom he would interrupt any meeting, drop any project, and who had full reign and easy access to their "Opa".

In addition to his beloved wife and daughters, Konrad Stauch is survived by his grandchildren, Julianna, Hunter, & Ashton Dubuc and Sydney and James Baxter; his brothers, John (Linda), and Michael (Carol) Stauch; father-in-law, Gerhard Tschoepe; sisters-in-law, Ingrid (Ken) Grasl, Irene (Chuck) Hedges, and Karin (Bill) Ward, and many nieces, nephews, colleagues and dear friends who join with his family in mourning the death of a good man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.

A Funeral Service will be held at Brightmoor Christian Church, 40800 13 Mile Road, Novi, on Monday, January 25th, at 11AM, with Pastor Jamie Kjos officiating. Burial Glen Eden Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 4-9PM and Sunday, Jan. 24th, 2-9PM, with an open time of sharing at 4PM on Sunday. Memorials are encouraged to Acts Ministries, Inc., at 28345 Beck Rd., Suite 100, Wixom, MI 48393. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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