Barry L. Tischhauser

By on December 19, 2013

Barry L. Tischhauser, 61, of Athens, Tenn., formerly of Virgil, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at his home surrounded by the love and care of his family.

He was born Feb. 15, 1952, in Sycamore, the son of Norman and Joyce (VanStone) Tischhauser. Barry grew up in Virgil and attended local schools, graduating from Kaneland High School in Maple Park. After high school, he worked with his dad as a mechanic at Norm’s Service in Virgil.

In April of 1978, he was united in marriage to Donna Clayton. Barry and Donna began their new life together in Athens, where they would spend the next 35 years together. Barry worked at a number of jobs through the years, including a time as a carpenter. He was employed by Robinson Enterprises for over 15 years. Whatever the job, Barry was a “jack of all trades” whose talents were in his hands. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed countless hours with his Harley-Davison and many an hour with a fishing pole in his hands.

Barry and Donna were blessed with twin daughters, Elizabeth and Amanda. Though they were very small when they arrived, it did not take long for them to win their daddy’s heart. Grown now, with children of their own, Barry loved being “Papaw” to Nathan, Aaron and Savanah. The lights of his world, he leaves them with countless and treasured memories.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Donna Tischhauser of Athens; his daughters, Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen, and son Aaron, of Woodstock, Ill., and Amanda Walker and special friend, Brandon Smith, and their children Nathan and Savanah, of Athens; four brothers, Dennis Tischhauser of Virgil, Robin Tischhauser of Minnesota, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., and Greg (Carla) Tischhauser of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Ena Carlson of DeKalb; his father-in-law, Kenneth Clayton, also of Athens; special friends, Richard “Nutty” McNutt and Ray Revis; a number of nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Norm and Joyce Tischhauser; his mother-in-law, Susie Clayton; and his brother-in-law, Keith Carlson.

A celebration of Barry’s life was held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Christ Community Church, in Athens. The Rev. Carlos Peterson officiated.