Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Ferdinand Bach III

Ferdinand Bach III, age 88, went to ski the other side of the mountain May 16, 2020 after a long illness. His family was by his side. Mr. Bach, a native of Michigan, resided most of his later life in Oxford, Ohio. He moved to Texas in 2019.

Mr. Bach attended Denison University Class of 1952 and graduated from Michigan State University with honors in 1954, earning membership of the academic honorary Phi Kappa Phi. He was the first in his family to achieve a college degree. He joined the US Army Reserve and served Active Duty in Germany in Plans and Operations Headquarters, Europe from 1955-56. During this service, Mr. Bach received recognition for his high level of innovative methods that were implemented within the division. Mr. Bach lived and worked in Grand Rapids, Michigan for many years, and enjoyed northern Michigan with his cottage owned since 1970. His passion for nature and skiing, his quick wit and unforgettable eyebrows were well known. He enjoyed many volunteer hours working with National Ski Patrol, encouraged use of the state and local parks, and donated special articles of interest to various historical museums. Mr. Bach retired from Armco Steel Corporation after 30 years in a national sales position. He held Professional Engineer certification and was a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Bach was considered a motivating leader and encouraged many young engineers to continue their education to earn their Professional Engineering certificate. Mr. Bach was a lifetime member of the Ski Patrol where he received the highest rank of National Ski Patroller and continuously fundraised to better the safety of the sport he pursued across the world. Mr. Bach was a proud member of the President Club of Michigan State University, member of the Presidents Club of Miami University, member of The Francis Wayland Fellows at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, as well as fraternity member of Kappa Sigma of Denison University. For many years Mr. Bach served as Trustee and Treasurer for Kappa Sigma Alumni Association Gamma Xi chapter of Denison University. An active contributor to the academic community at Miami University, Mr. Bach served as Past President of Friends of Miami University Libraries and Past President on the Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He was dedicated to the pursuit of mental health services for Butler County, Ohio where he served two terms as Past President on the Board of Mental Health. He strived to encourage accessibility to individuals to seek mental health services without stigma.

An avid traveler, Mr. Bach enjoyed many wonderful memories and friendships with his sense of discovery and adventure alongside his wife Beverly. One of his favorite trips was exploring Switzerland early in his young life with his father who emigrated to the United States. In 2004, after a change in citizenship laws, Mr. Bach was able to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a Swiss citizen in the town of Eschenz, Switzerland where his father’s family originated. He was most proud of his dual citizenship and enjoyed many wonderful lifelong friends in Switzerland until his death. Mr. Bach leaves behind his wife of 66 years Beverly K. Bach; his children Lee Ann Hill (Jeff) of Perkasie, Penn., John F. Bach IV (Debra) of Fowlerville, Michigan, and Cynthia Broom Bowley (Christopher) of San Antonio, Texas as well as nine grandchildren; Drew Hill, Ashley Hill Fetter( Tim), Emily Hill, Andy Bach, Kali Bach, Hannah Broom, Grace Broom, Ella Broom and Megan Broom. Also surviving are nieces Karla K. Small, Shelley K. Sander, Kristan K. Small-Grimes and Stacey K. Small Skirvin of Michigan, as well as dear Swiss friends of Alois Diener-Jager family, Matthais Diener-Schober family, and Thomas Holenstein- Diener family of Eschenz, Switzerland.

There will not be a receiving service before final internment at Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan. The family will celebrate Mr. Bach’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Alpine Valley Ski Patrol of Michigan in honor of Ferdinand Bach III, National Ski Patroller #6504 c/o his son John Bach. Our family wishes to support carrying on Mr. Bach’s dedication to the safety and enjoyment of skiing. https://www.AlpineValleySkiPatrol.org


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Rita King

May 28, 2020

Ferd and I worked together for at least 25+ years. No matter what, he always had a smile on his face. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Beverly and your entire family. Ferd will definitely be missed.

Rita and Gene King

Richard and Elizabeth Reiling

May 27, 2020

We are deeply sorrowed to hear of the passing of this wonderful friend. He always had a smile and a great demeanor. We so enjoyed many days on the slopes with 'Ferdie' and also visits with him and Beverly in Oxford. He taught me confidence on the slopes and was more than happy to take his time descending when he wanted to make sure that I was okay. To Bev and the family, Liz and I offer our deepest sympathy. Happy skiing in heaven, Ferdie!

Jim Carr, PE

May 26, 2020

My condolences to Beverly and to the family of Ferd Bach PE. I valued his help in selecting engineering products for airport projects. When I met Ferd, I was active in both MSPE and ASCE, and my wife Carilon was active in MSPE Auxiliary along with her mother Bertha Hopperstead, both of whom served as President. I recall additional contacts with Ferd after 1969 when I moved to Grand Rapids from Lansing. You can be very proud of the professional activities of Ferd over the years. In our 69 years of marriage we continued downhill skiing until age 79, and never needed his Ski Patrol services.
With my blessings, James R. Carr, PE, FASCE. Grand Rapids, MI.

John Bach

May 26, 2020

Someplace in time

Cynthia Bowley

May 22, 2020

To my amazing Father, and my hero for so many reasons. I think one of the great lessons I ever learned from him was when I was about 17, and at the time trying to decide about college. As we sat in his study, Father told me that he couldn’t decide which path I should go, that was part of growning up. But Father then told me something that stayed me with for the rest of my life. He said which ever school I picked, he expected the best not just for myself but for the person’s place that I was taking in being at that university. As he explained, my being there, at that spot, meant someone else’s path in life had changed, within that opportunity I was using. So I owed it to them as much as myself to make the most of it. Someone would have liked to have been there, whether school, being part of a team, or even a job... and to alway remember that. That way of thinking never left me. It was a profound way of looking at decisions, for which I’ve have had this belief in mind when traveling through my life. I will always think of of you at special moments like skiing, our lake at the cottage. Such wonderful moments to cherish and stories to be retold. Rest and go forward knowing you have been a wonderful father. I love you always.
Love, Cynthia

John Bach

May 20, 2020

I look at not what I have lost in the passing of my father, but what I have as his son. Thank you father for all the things you did, for all of your family (and many others along the way), from the strong work ethic we all have, to the enjoyment of the ski hills. Wait for me at the top of the chair, we will make yet another run together on the other side.
With all my love and respect,


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