John Campbell Tausch lived a hell of a life, as he would say. Known to friends as “Jiggs,” and family as “Papa,” he was born on Feb. 2, 1922, in Campbellton to Walter and Ellen Tausch, he was destined for a great time with a 2/2/1922 birthdate.

Growing up in the small town of Campbellton, he helped his parents and family run a small cafe/gas station appropriately called “Tausch’s Cafe.” According to him they made the best hamburgers around. After grade school, he attended Texas A&I in Kingsville, now known as Texas A&M. A favorite story of his to tell was when he and his friends would hitchhike back and forth from school in Kingsville to all the dance halls in South Texas. He was a great two-stepper.

After he graduated, he served in the Navy during World War II, and was stationed off the coast of Italy. His ship was the LST-265, and he loved talking about his time in the Navy and the good friends he made while serving.

When his time in the Navy ended, he lived briefly in California and worked for RCA Studios.



Then, he began traveling the world working for Morrison Knudsen, an International Engineering and Construction company headquartered in Boise, Idaho. This took him all over the world, working in Africa, Vietnam and Colombia, as well as many other countries. The adventures he had are really too many to write here, but one of his favorite things to talk about was his time spent dressing up as Santa Claus for the children of these countries. He would visit orphanages and schools giving away candy and gifts, where his white beard and twinkling blue eyes helped make him the perfect Santa.

Most recently, he loved heading to Floore’s Country Store in Helotes on Sunday evenings, and listening to the band play his favorite songs—“San Antonio Rose” and “Faded Love,” both by Bob Wills. He loved watching Nascar, the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys. He’d tell you the secret to a long life was a nice glass of whiskey and a good cigar. He was the best father and husband, and he will forever live in our hearts.

Papa is preceded in passing by his parents; sisters Annie Rose Eustace, Gertrude Haverlah, Helen Piatek and Ruby Tausch, and his brother Charles Tausch.

To cherish his memory and live a hell of a life in his honor, he leaves behind his loving wife Isabel Tausch; daughters Monica Tausch; Ellen Dohogne (Casey); grandsons JJ Dohogne and Henry Alba, III. He is also survived by numerous extended family members and many good friends.

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