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Charles "Dave" Bugher

Charles "Dave" Bugher

August 15, 2012

Charles "David" Bugher was born to Anne Marie (Jacquin) and Charles A. Bugher on June 10, 1922, in Sheldon Wisconsin.  At an early age he moved with his family to Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  After finishing high school he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  After college he served in the military as a navigator in the USAF from 1942 until 1944.   He served his duty in the Pacific Theater.  This is where he met his good friend B.J. Farmer who served as a pilot.  After the war, Dave and BJ became lifelong partners in the real estate business.  They watched each other's backs through-out their partnership just as they did during the war.

In 1947 he married Virginia Regan and had three children. He is survived by these children: Mark D. Bugher (Kathryn), Larry A. Bugher (Patricia), and Patricia Bugher Allen (James). He also is survived by 7 grandchildren: Andy and Tony Bugher, John and Sarah Bugher, and Kelli (Allen) Von Haden, Erika (Allen) Stevens, Carrie (Allen) Gillett.  He also had been blessed with seven beautiful great- grandchildren.  Dave taught his children the value of an education and responsibility to our country.  He shared the woods and the water with them.  Each of them developed a love of the outdoors which will carry on for generations.  His love for them was constant.  He will be greatly missed by each of them.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn who he married February 18, 1989.  He will be greatly missed by her and her four children:  Angela Jeffrey (Kurt), Marty Tauger (Nicole), Terry Tauger, and Christopher Tauger (Mary).  Five of Carolyn's grandchildren were also survived by "PaPa Dave":  Zachary Jeffrey, Morgan and Brady Tauger, and Madison and McKenna Tauger.  Dave was always kind and gentle and had a great impact on Carolyn's children.  Dave shared his love of Bayfield, Lake Superior, and Colorado with Carolyn and her children bringing to them a magical new life they would not have had without him.

Dave was preceded in death by his Mother and Father and his sister Nell Kaiser (John).

Dave made such a difference in this world. He helped Eau Claire grow into the city that it is today.  Along with BJ Farmer he developed many areas in the city such as The Stein Farm area which is where Shopko Plaza is located today. They developed Tamarack, which is the first condominium to be built in the city. The Eau Claire area is scattered with communities that Dave developed such as Timbercreek, Parkside Circle, The Woodlands, and Whitetail Dr. His efforts as a developer will be felt for years to come by the people living in these communities. Dave dedicated himself to the Eau Claire Board of Realtors serving as president of the local board for two years and a director for more than 20 years.  He also had the honor of serving as president of the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Dave spent hours serving on the Transportation Projects Committee and was influential in developing the Highway 53 bypass.

The YMCA was close to Dave's heart.  He strongly believed in it and was heavily involved serving as president of the YMCA for three years. 

A private memorial will be held placing Dave's ashes on the waters of Lake Superior by his family.  He will rest at the place he loved most.

A celebration of Dave's life will be held Wednesday August 22, 2012, from 3-6 p.m. at the Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona.  Any contributions that wish to be made would be greatly appreciated by the YMCA.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving Dave's family.


A celebration of Dave's life will be held Wednesday August 22, 2012, from 3-6 p.m. at the Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, 828 Clubview Lane, Altoona.

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  • Jerry and Diane Strenke Carolyn, Jerry and I just learned of Dave's passing. What a beautiful write up in the paper....Just to let you know we are thinking of you, and wish you the best.

    August 29 at 4:31pm

  • Marge Pearson I worked for Bill Gerrard over the years and just learned about David's passing and would lilke you to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire family. The Lord just got a Wonderful person and mt thoughts and prayers are with you.

    August 27 at 7:40am

  • Tom Kewan I enjoyed living on the same street with the Bugher family and growing up with Mark, Larry and Patty. You were always welcome at the Bughers and there was always something exciting going on there. The street in front of their house is where the action was! I'm sorry to hear about Dave passing away. Your family is in my prayers.

    August 24 at 8:47pm

  • Josef Litchfield I'm saddened to hear this news, Molly & Dave Ryder and Josef & Lila Litchfield send or love.

    August 24 at 11:20AM

  • Tom Webb & Family Pat and family,
    I just lost my dad last October so I have an idea of what you are going through. Our dad's were friends for many years and they both lived pretty full lives. We will miss them. Our deepest sympathy for you and your family. You are in our prayers.
    Tom Webb

    August 22 at 7:49PM

  • Kevin & Angela Pratt Hi Carolyn,

    Kevin and I just learned of Dave's passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. We've heard great things about both of you and know that he will be dearly missed by many.

    Kevin & Angela Pratt

    August 22 at 4:38PM

  • Joan Englert I'm sorry about Dave's death but am very happy he was able to enjoy the reception on July 11 to honor him with the Realtor® Emeritus award. It was obvious from the number of people who attended that reception that Dave was very respected.

    August 22 at 1:44PM

  • Richard Bezanson Carolyn, Mark, Larry & family: My condolences to all of you, at a time that's never easy, but I'm sure feelings are mixed with pride and affection, for all that Dave accomplished in his lifetime. When I saw the notice of his passing, my first thought was of how good it was that many of his fellow Realtors® were able to visit with him and honor him, back on July 11th.
    With best wishes,
    Dick Bezanson

    August 22 at 11:10AM

  • Susan Brumberg-Schaefer Larry & Pat:
    I was sorry to read of your father's passing. A very interesting obit. I am lucky to still have my parents. My father is the same age & also served in WW II. May time & warm memories of him ease your sorrow. I will be unable to attend his visitation, but your family will be in my thoughts & prayers during this time of sorrow. Susan Brumberg-Schaefer

    August 22 at 10:24AM

  • Dan and Karen Hoover Carolyn and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. God's blessings as you cherish your memories of him. From your long-ago neighbors, Dan, Karen, Valerie, Ryan, and Marie.

    August 21 at 6:39PM

  • Diane M . Miller I am so very sorry for your loss of a man who meant so much to his family and his community. He did wonderful things with his time here. He has now earned his rest in another place. Carolyn, I am only a phone call away if you need me. God bless and watch all of you. You are in my prayers.

    August 20 at 2:21PM

  • Phil Albert Mark, Kate & Family - we are very sorry to hear of your loss. It appears he had engrained many of his values into you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.

    August 20 at 2:11PM

  • Lori Bishop Everytime I think of the beaches of Jamaica I think of Dave & Carolyn's funniest experience I had ever heard. May it be memories such as this one that continues to fill your hearts with the love, laughter and memories Dave has left all of you.
    God Bless you all a lot,
    Lori Bishop

    August 20 at 12:06PM

  • Sheila Sunde I'm very sorry for your loss. Sheila

    August 20 at 11:06AM

  • Joyce Munson Carolyn, I have you and Dave's family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Cherish the memories. With sincere sympathy,

    August 20 at 9:07AM

  • Steve Gunderson To Mark and all the family:

    My sincere sympathy and friendship in this time of your loss. For you, David was the anchor of the family. For many of us, he was a friend. For me, he was also a mentor. At the beginning of my political career, he helped me understand the issues related to real estate; he served as a voice of counsel and encouragement; he reached out and asked others to support my campaigns. I am a better, smarter and more successful person today because Dave Bugher took the time to invest his energy and capital in one of his son's friends. What a gift.

    Steve Gunderson

    August 20 at 7:17AM

  • Rick And Jan Hayden With our deepest sympathy we think of you today. May the many years God shared Dave bring you peace and comfort. Rick and Jan Hayden

    August 19 at 7:40PM

  • Rick and Stacy Carlson-Kelly Ours thoughts go out to all of Dave's family, Dave will always be remembered by all who he influenced! He leaves a WONDERFUL LEGECY behind!

    God Bless!

    August 19 at 10:40AM

  • Bob and Kathryn Lind Our Sympathy to the Bugher Family. Bob and Kathryn Lind

    August 19 at 10:04AM

  • Jamie Kane My heart is heavy for you during this dark time of sorrow. Dave was an amazing man and will be incredibly missed by anyone who knew him.

    August 18 at 10:58AM

  • Stephanie Lange My condolences to the Bugher/Tauger families. I was blessed to know Dave and members of both families. ( Angie Tauger Jeffrey is my BEST friend) Dave was upbeat, funny, kind and gentle. I enjoyed the time I spent chatting and "partying" with him. :)

    My prayers are with all of you in your loss. I pray for God's peace to envelop you. I understand what you are going through.
    Rest in peace Dave. Heaven is for Real.

    August 17 at 11:00PM

  • Al and Debbie Leitl With heartfelt sympathy to the Bugher /Tauger Families.
    We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with David and Carolyn. He truly was a special man and will be missed by all.
    Al and Debbie

    August 17 at 9:43PM

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