Aug 20,1937---May 27,2021

David Eugene Gish (83) of Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully on May 27, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather-to-be, treasured teacher, and a cherished friend to many. He devoted his life to his family and to impacting the lives of others through music. David was known by his family and friends as a man with unshakeable faith, deep character, and a selfless approach to life. He enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and traveling, but found the greatest joy from spending time with his family, showering his grandkids (and granddogs) with love, and serving others.

David was born to Samuel and Lucille Gish and spent his formative years in Garden City, KS. As a child, he discovered his musical gifts and eventually mastered the piano, flute, clarinet, and violin while building his faith through youth activities at church. At a young age, he made a lifelong connection with his future wife, Carolyn (Holcomb) as she frequently visited her grandparents who lived near his family’s home. David and Carolyn married in 1958 and their love story continued for another 63 years as their family expanded to three children and nine grandchildren.

David’s professional life was shaped by several exceptional high school teachers who inspired him to pursue a career in music education. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Music Education from Wichita State University. Early in his teaching career, he served as the Director of Instrumental and Vocal Music in Sublette, KS, Marching Band Director in Hutchinson, KS, and Instrumental Director at Shawnee Mission West High School. He had significant accomplishments in each of these roles and particularly at Shawnee Mission West where his bands performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, conducted two European concert tours, and marched in the 1976 Bicentennial Parades in New York City and Philadelphia.

In 1979, David took on a new challenge to build a strings program in the Blue Valley School District. Starting from next to nothing, he built a strings program of excellence within a few short years. Following his retirement, he continued teaching in the Olathe School District for several years and substitute taught in Blue Valley in various roles including special education.

David received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including dedication of The David Gish Music Room at his church, nominee for the Blue Valley Kansas Master Program, and recipient of the 2010 Kansas Hall of Fame Award presented by the Kansas Music Educators Association. Although he was a highly successful educator, David never focused on personal recognition. He was gracious in recognizing the people around him and steadfast in his mission to inspire and shape the character of students through music.

In his personal life, David shared his musical gifts by serving as the organist at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and Community Christian Church as well as multiple other churches. His servant heart, compassion, and humility will be greatly missed.

David is survived by his wife Carolyn, three children (and spouses): Deborah (Chris) Budke, Diane (Doug) Punch, Doug (Deanna) Gish; nine grandchildren: Allison, Rachel, and Sarah Budke (fiancé, Casey Reed); Danielle (Luke) Orf, Erica, and Jacob Punch; Bryan, Nathan, and Natalie Gish; and brother: Robert Gish.

A visitation will be held from 1-2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 6422 Sante Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66202.  Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Church.

Please find the livestream link for David Gish Memorial Service:  https://vimeo.com/556644524

Memorial contributions may be made to:

Santa Fe Waystation Food Pantry

6422 Santa Fe Drive

Overland Park, KS 66202

https://santafewaystation.org/donate

 



Condolences

Misti Benning May 29 ,2021

Great Niece ,Tekamah ,Nebraska

Knowing that Uncle David is now at peace and pain free is a blessing. He is watching over everyone. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. ❣

Tracey Richmeier May 29 ,2021

Niece ,Scott City ,Kansas

So sorry for the loss of my Uncle. He was a loving and kind man. He will be missed by many.

Kyle Carroll May 30 ,2021

Niece ,Scott City ,Kansas

Heartfelt sympathy to Uncle David’s family. He was a special person and a special Uncle. I loved to hear stories about our families history. He will be so missed. Rest In Peace!

Stephanie Hope May 31 ,2021

Student ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Mr. Gish was an inspiring and gifted music teacher. I had him at Shawnee Mission West many years ago and still have fond memories of his kindness and inspiration. Sorry for your loss.

Bobby and Karen Long May 31 ,2021

Great Nephew ,Pratt ,Kansas

We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle David will be greatly missed. Love, hugs, thoughts and prayers sent to all of you. 💗🙏

dave draxler May 31 ,2021

drummer at Shawnee Mission West ,prairie village ,Kansas

David Gish; Such an influence in my life: band director, teacher, mentor, leader, guidance counselor, role model... He taught us responsibility, brotherhood, passion for music, teamwork, caring, service to others, and JOY of music. Whenever I pick up my marching drum sticks, or play marches with the OP Civic Band, I go back to those days in band, and have never forgotten my final concert under the bridge: Stars and Stripes Forever. And I shall remember David Gish... forever.

Cheryl Jefferson Bell May 31 ,2021

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

So sorry for your loss. Asking for continued Comforting Mercies for this dear family. May you experience God's Loving Presence during this time.

Donna Muiller May 31 ,2021

friend ,Westwood ,Kansas

I am saddened by the news of David's death. He served Community Christian Church as its organist for many years, and was always courteous and professional to all. I loved his playing the organ with only his feet! Condolences to his family who will surely miss him very much.

Jim Leacox Jun 01 ,2021

Mentor and friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I am sorry to hear of David's passing. He was truly a great man. He was an educator that I looked up to in my early career in Shawnee Mission and helped shape philosophies that I used throughout my career. Additionally, David encouraged me in my career move to Blue Valley. He lived his life joyously through music. RIP Mr. Gish. Jim Leacox

carl scott Jun 02 ,2021

friend, neighbor, bridge partner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I enjoyed David's company - we had so many great visits - my thoughts are with you

Kimberly Moorehead Jun 04 ,2021

Family Friend ,Duluth ,Georgia

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. What a beautiful life David lived, and it's truly reflected in his accomplishments and his children. I have had the pleasure of working with his son, Doug Gish, for years, and I can truly see how David's legacy of love with a servant heart, compassion, and humility are reflected in Doug's leadership of our team. I’m so very sorry for your loss and know that the entire family is in my prayers.

John and Mary Orf Jun 04 ,2021

Family ,Saint Charles ,Missouri

In the short time we knew David Gish, we knew immediately what an amazing, but humble man he was! We are grateful we were able to meet him. Sending our love to the Punch and Gish families....❤🙏❤🙏❤

Anne and Larry Thacker Jun 06 ,2021

Diane, Larry and I are sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories bring you comfort. Anne

Glassman Michele Jun 07 ,2021

Daughter Deborah’s friend ,Las Vegas ,Nevada

My husband Irwin and I would like to extend our deepest love, prayers and condolences to the entire family. Debbie has been a friend of mine for over 35+ years. David was a very accomplished man and his legacy will live through his lovely family and all who were enriched by his life and devotion. 🙏🏻🌹❤️

Event:
Visitation
Location:
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
Address:
6422 Sante Fe Drive
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66202
Date:
Jun 05 ,2021
Time:
1:00 PM
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Event:
Memorial Service
Location:
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
Address:
6422 Sante Fe Drive
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66202
Date:
Jun 05 ,2021
Time:
2:00 PM
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