Celebration of Life Center
5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.
9-10:00 A.M. Friday, July 13, 2012 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.
7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.
10:00 A.M. Friday, July 13, 2012 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hillsboro.
Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro.
Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
June 11, 1959 - July 9, 2012
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Leon passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Hillsboro Medical Center Hospital at the age of 53.
Leon Ray Bertsch was born on June 11, 1959, the son of Otto Sr. and Pearl (Ostby) Bertsch in Fargo, ND. He grew up on the family farm near Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1977. Leon attended aviation school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He later returned to the family farm and joined his family in the farming and trucking business. Leon made his home south of Hillsboro where he raised his family.
Leon loved spending time with his family on trips to the lake, and cruises in later years. He traveled on many cross country road trips, on his beloved Harley, with his biker buddies. He treasured his time on the golf course, driving his Mustang – or any Ford, and was a great friend to many. Leon knew how to pick a song and be an entertainer for all to see. He always knew how to liven up a crowd. Leon loved the farm life - it wouldn’t be harvest if he didn’t have snickers and Mountain Dew in his combine. Leon enjoyed and loved being with his newborn grandson, Westin.
Leon is survived by his children, Jon Bertsch of Mapleton, ND; and Allison Bertsch of Hillsboro; his grandson, Westin Ford Lee; his loving friend, Jodi (Henn) Aukland of Bismarck; his father, Otto Sr. (Sandy) Bertsch of Hillsboro; and his siblings - Pat Bertsch, Randy Bertsch, and Otto Jr., all of Hillsboro. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews and many other very dear relatives.
Leon was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl; and his brother, John.
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