David A. Gough
April 26, 1948 – May 6, 2020
David A. Gough passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 peacefully at home with his wife by his side at the age of 72, following a courageous and bravely fought battle with a long-term undiagnosed illness.
He was born April 26, 1948 in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. He went on to complete a university with a degree in Purchasing and Business Management. A devout researcher and lifelong learner, his life’s work was dedicated to a career in purchasing. He was a staunch historian and above all, loved all things Australia.
His path in life took an unexpected turn when his wife of 20 years planned an excursion to Australia in 1999. Fate joined them together and unbeknownst to either of them, they began their kismet love story. Life-long friends Agnieszka Anglin and Ian Shearer each gave him a great send off to an unknown fate in the US. He arrived in Omaha, Nebraska in February 2000. He had his wish come true and was married to Jody L. Rice on March 31, 2000. This union provided him with a family he had longed for, sons Eric and Craig and daughter Kimberly. The family has continued to grow, and he watched his children marry and raise families of their own.
Additionally, David proudly attained his US citizenship in March 2005.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jody; son, Eric Durbin (Katie) and granddaughters: Emma, Ellie, and Hannah of Ottawa, KS; son, Craig Durbin (Kathy) and grandsons, Bruce and Paul of Ottawa, KS; and daughter, Kimberly Deprez (Greg) and grandchildren: Allison Johnson (Aaron), Brady, and Carson of Elkhorn, NE; brother, Glenn (Lorraine) Gough; brothers-in-law: Lloyd Rice, Gary Rice, Kevin Rice and their families.
David uniquely forged lasting relationships with his many medical care providers. He had to know about each of them, their families, and dreams. He gave instructions to not be addressed as ‘Sir’, but always personally as David. David was always grateful for the care he received.
He was preceded in death by stepfather, Keith Kemp; mother, Diane Kemp; father, Alfred Gough; and stepmother, Pamela Gough; as well as his ‘in-loves’, Lt Col (ret) Harrold Rice and Joy Rice.
Although David will be terribly missed by his family and many friends, we are thankful he is no longer suffering and that he can now rest eternally in peace. No services are planned at this time. Any memorials are suggested to the International Bureau of Epilepsy or any other medical research foundations working to diagnose and cure the unknowns in medicine.