Robert “Bob” Bertsch

Aug. 11, 1914-Dec. 5, 2001

STANFIELD — Robert “Bob” Bertsch died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at home in Stanfield at the age of 87.

He was born on Aug. 11, 1914, in a sod house on a homestead near Hazen, N.D. He was raised in North Dakota until the mid-1930s when he moved to the Klickitat, Wash., area where he worked at a saw mill.

He married Marjorie on Oct. 9, 1937. She passed away in 1991.

He helped to build the road between Burns and Vale. He then helped to build several saw mills in Eastern Oregon, including three in Fossil, Kimberly, Milton-Freewater and Blue Mountain Products in Pendleton. He also lived in Panama from 1963 to 1969 where he operated a plywood mill.

He was a charter member of the Milton-Freewater Elks, member of the Stanfield Moose and Hermiston Eagles. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and building things.

He is survived by his son, Robert C. Bertsch of Stanfield; brothers, Chris Bertsch of Puyallup, Wash., Gordon Bertsch of Bowman, N.D., and Bill Bertsch of Zap, N.D.; sister, Alice Bates of Springfield; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a son, Kenneth D. Bertsch; three brothers, Ed, Hubert and Ben Bertsch; and a sister, Deloria Carter.

At his request, no service will be held. Disposition was by cremation.

Those who wish may make contributions in Bob’s memory to Vange John Memorial Hospice at 645 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston, 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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