Ashley, ND-Private Funeral Service for Roger R. Bertsch, 92, of Ashley will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 19, 2020. Rev. David Irwin will officiate. The service will be live streamed and available at www.Carlsenfh.com under Roger’s obituary.
Burial in Ashley City Cemetery.
Roger died November 14, 2020 at Ashley Medical Center.
Roger was born May 8, 1928 to Jacob J. and Martha J. (Herr) Bertsch on the family homestead in McPherson County, SD. This is where he grew up and attended country school. While he attended Ashley Public High School, he lived with his grandparents. Roger graduated with the class of 1945. He then went on to attend Interstate Business College in Fargo, later returning to the family farm to take over the operation. He raised small grains and livestock and operated a dairy. He always looked forward to harvest and making hay.
He was united in marriage to Gladys H. Bakker on September 11, 1955 in Renville Presbyterian Church at Renville, MN. Together, they raised their three children on the homestead. Gladys died May 1, 2009. In 2015, Roger moved into Ashley. He continued to farm from town, making many trips to the farm, even making hay this past summer.
Roger was a member of Ashley Baptist Church. His love of farming kept him busy, but he always found the time to watch his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was also a true NDSU Bison and Minnesota Vikings fan.
Grateful for having shared Roger’s life are his children, Brenda (Tom) Flemmer of Eureka, SD; and Brian (Angie) Bertsch and Susan (Dean) Christianson, both of Ashley; five grandchildren, Eric (Carina) Flemmer, Joshua (Shantel) Flemmer, Alex Bertsch, Aidan Bertsch and Mason Bertsch; four great-grandchildren, Riley and Maverick Flemmer and Breanna and Ty Fuehrer; brothers, Dwaine (Marion) Bertsch of Spencer, IA and Frank (Sandra) Bertsch of Madison, WI and sisters, Caryl Kaseman and Oddie (Darrell) Schlittenhardt, both of Bismarck and Sharon Sommer of Sun City, AZ.
He joins in heaven his parents, wife, Gladys and grandson, Braydon Bertsch.
Casketbearers will be Roger’s Grandsons and Sons-In-Law.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Ashley Medical Center or Ashley Baptist Church.
Carlsen Funeral Home of Ashley has been entrusted with arrangements.