David Brunsheon passes

Posted by ODI Secretary | On: Apr 30 2019

David Scott Brunscheon

February 22, 1956 –  January 28, 2019

David Scott Brunscheon, beloved son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, community member and friend, died before his time on January 28, 2019 from a heart attack. He was 62 years young. David was the youngest of three children born to Ralph and Orine Brunscheon, on February 22, 1956 in Springfield, Oregon. He attended Carlsbad Academy in Carlsbad, CA and finished high school in Junction City, Oregon, the place where he would meet his ex-wife and raise their three children, manage the family business his parents founded (Ralph’s Drugs and Scandinavian Gifts), work in his brother-in-law’s family business (Lochmead Dairy) and participate as a community leader for over 30 years. Before settling down in Junction City, David traveled and experienced life working on the pipeline in Fairbanks, Alaska, and living in Portland, OR where he worked for McKesson Robbins.

David lived a life dedicated to his community. His contribution to the City of Junction City was exemplary, and included 4 years as Mayor, 15 years on the Planning Commission, 9 years as a City Councilor, 4 years on the LCOG Board of Directors, as well as years of service on numerous Committees such as Public Safety, Community Development, Finance and Transportation. In total, David gave 68 combined years of service to the City of Junction City in a dozen different roles.

His career was defined by his roles as General Manager of Ralph’s Drugs and Scandinavian Gifts and Purchasing Manager of Lochmead Dairy. At Ralph’s he worked alongside his parents, serving the community with high quality prescription drugs, personalized customer service and unique goods imported from Scandinavian countries. His role at Ralph’s helped maintain the legacy of Junction City’s original Danish founders and kept him deeply involved in the Annual Scandinavian Festival. The year David was nominated the Grand Marshal of the Scandinavian Festival he made a grand entrance riding a Segway in a top hat and tuxedo. At Lochmead Dairy he worked as a liaison with suppliers, developing lasting relationships with those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

David was a deeply private individual to whom close family and friends were cherished. He was known for his clever humor, endearingly dark wit, mischievous smile and amazing bear hugs that could press the wind out of you like an accordion. David was an avid outdoorsman, and there was nothing that he loved more than hunting and fishing trips with his sons. He also loved spending time on the Oregon Coast with his dog Bentley, and feeling the freedom of the open road on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

David is survived by three children, Shari Moser (Tyler), Michael Brunscheon (Tanyis) and Joseph Brunscheon (Rachel) from his 35-year marriage to Lynda MacDonald. He is also survived by siblings John Brunscheon (Cait) and Elizabeth Gibson (Jock), Betty (aunt) and Jack (uncle) Peterson, grandchildren Tannor, Taylor, Riley, Kingston, Roarke, Sloan and Kael, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. David will be dearly missed by all his loved ones.

A memorial service will be held at Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Oregon on Saturday February 9th, 2019 from 11:00am – 2:30pm. Flowers can be sent to the memorial.


Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Feb. 4, 2019