Duane Bertsch, 74, Minot, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Trinity Homes in Minot.
Duane was born Oct. 16, 1938, a son of Frank and Caroline (Lingohr) Bertsch, in Rugby. His early childhood was in Orrin before moving to Minot at age 10.
Duane attended elementary schools in Orrin, and Longfellow and then St. Leo's, both in Minot. He was honorably discharged from the Army on Dec. 9, 1963. Duane had a variety of jobs before becoming a lumberjack in the state of Washington. He was injured in a logging accident at age 30. As a result of that accident, he spent the remainder of his life as a paraplegic. Because of his considerable knowledge of holistic medicine, he was able to maintain his independence most of his life.
Duane had many interests and hobbies throughout his lifetime, which included herbology, numismatics, hunting, camping and politics. He was well-read and knowledgeable about many subjects. He was happiest when he was sitting in his favorite restaurants talking to his friends, especially his old Orrin friends; or when he was outside soaking up the sun and reading. Duane liked nothing better than a good argument to which he never admitted to being the instigator.
Duane was a strong-willed and unique person who was very much loved by his family. He suffered a great deal during his lifetime, however, he never gave up hope and never lost his faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Duane is survived by: his brother, Kasper Bertsch, Minot; sister, Pat Merck and her husband, Don, Lodi, Calif.; brother-in-law, Frank Matney, Gilman, Iowa; aunts, Mary West and Elizabeth Lingohr; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Rueben Hoffer, Jim Abel, Marvin Kankovsky, and Bob Kankovsky.
Duane was preceded in death by: his parents, Caroline (Lingohr) and Frank Bertsch; and his sister, Bernice Matney.
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m., at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the register on Monday, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Vigil Prayer Service: Monday, 6 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).