In Memory

Jimmy Kausch

Jimmy Kausch

                                             Obituary from the Winston Salem Journal  (6/2/2017)

Our classmate, James (Jimmy) Walter Kaush, 73, passed away on May 30, 2017.  He was the son of Frederick William Kausch and Nell Orfinik Kausch.  He spent his early years in Basking Ridge, NJ.

His family moved to NC when Jimmy was in the 7th grade.  He graduated from R.J.Reynolds High School and attended Duke University and Wake Forest University.  He graduated from Wake in 1967 and began work at Integon Corp.  He then moved to Wake Forest University as head of purchasing.  He was an avid Demon Deacon fan and attended most football and basketball games. 

Jimmy loved the beach and Lake Norman, where he and his family had a second home.  He spent many wonderful hours on the lake with family and friends and had explored all the crooks and crannies of the lake.  His greatest love was humor which he brought to every situation, making every task easier.

Jimmy was married for 50 years to Carole ("Charlie") Williams Kausch.  They have two children, Leslie Kausch and Kim Kausch Watson.  They have three grandchildren, Daniel Hutchinson Kausch, Aby Watson and Zoe Watson.  Jimmy also has a sister, Jeanne Kausch Director.

Jimmy was a member of Clemmons Presbyterian Church where he served on several committees.  Until last year, he chaired the church's many successful blood drives.  He was a longtime standing member of the Reginal Red Cross Blood Board and also served on the local ABC Board.

A memorial service honoring Jimmy will be held Sunday, Juen 4, 2017 at 4 pm at Clemmons Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Hoyle officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service the service.  Inurnment will be held  in the church's columbarium follwing the visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clemmons Presbyterian Church, 3930 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC 27012.  Online condolences may be made to

Jimmy's zest for life and outrageous sense of humor will be greatly missed by the many people who loved him.                                                     

                                                               Respectfully submitted,

                                                                 Danny Ferguson


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06/04/17 12:50 PM #1    

Danny T. Ferguson

In memorializing Jimmy Kausch, I would like to add several contacts I had with him in recent times.  A number of years ago, once a month for about a year, I would almost always see Jimmy in the Forsyth County Superior Court on a Monday morning, where he served as foreman of the grand jury.  He would assist in overseeing hundreds of indictments brought before the grand jury to determine if there was probable cause for indictment.  Of course, this is a secret proceedings and I know nothing of what went on within the confines of the grand jury chamber, but when I would see Jimmy out in the hallway or in the courtroom, he was always upbeat and cordial.  I think he enjoyed the service to the criminal justice system, and I know he performed his responsibility faithfully and honorably.  It made me proud that one of my classmates was selected to be the foreman and that he served his community in such an upstanding way.

    Where I really got to know Jimmy best was when he was a very active member of the RJR62   50th Reunion planning committee. He would be at most every meeting and added greatly to the discussion and planning.

   Jimmy was funny, while at the same time, he took friendships and responsibilty very seriously.  He will be missed  The world is a better place because Jimmy Kausch was here! 

06/04/17 05:30 PM #2    

Vilia Wood (Marshall)

Jimmy and his wife sat with Bob And i at the last reunion. Bob said to me. I really enjoyed talking to them, They are so down home, like I've known them for years. We had intended to visit them since they were just across the highway from us. But low the time got away. Now Both of them are gone. I'm so glad we got to enjoy them at the last reunion. Charlie I'm so sorry for his loss. He was really a special guy.

06/05/17 10:31 AM #3    

Marilyn Elsie Miller (Morris)

This makes me so sad.  I remember Jimmy as a kind and respectful person, and from reading his life story, it's nice to know that he had a good life and made the world a better place.  His absence, along with too many others, will be felt at the upcoming reunion.

06/06/17 04:42 PM #4    

Helen Dempsey (Ramsey)

Jimmy and I had many classes together. He was known for his good nature and ready smile and his ambition to complete assignments immediately after they were assigned, while most of us procrastinated until the very last second! He was a fine gentleman, and he will be missed.   Helen Dempsey Ramsey

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