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Dwight Lee Bertsch
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Birth: Dec. 26, 1946
Eureka
McPherson County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 1982
McLaughlin
Corson County
South Dakota, USA

The Prairie Pioneer March 25, 1982

Dwight Lee Bertsch, 35, Mobridge, died early Saturday after the ambulance carrying him to Bismarck, North Dakota hospital was halted by snow-plugged roads.

Bertsch was injured Friday evening in a pickup-car collision about five miles west of Selby on U. S. Hwy. 12. He worked for the South Dakota's Auditor General's office.

Walworth County Sheriff Jim Spriry said Bertsch was taken to Mobridge Community Hospital by the Selby ambulance. Spiry said that Bertsch suffered multiple injuries and medical personnel decided to try to get him to Bismarck.

Another ambulance, following snowplows, headed north but Spiry said the plows could no longer push through drifts near the North Dakota border.

Duane Moser, a part-time police officer at McLaughlin, said it took the ambulance four hours to travel eight miles between McLaughlin and the border. The ambulance turned back to Mobridge and Spiry said Bertsch died sometime after 12:30 a.m. Saturday on the return trip.

Bertsch's car, westbound from Aberdeen and a pickup driven by 19 year old Casey Kraft, Timber Lake, collided during what Spiry called "bad, bad weather conditions". Spiry daid prior to the collision the Bertsch vehicle skidded and the Kraft vehicle swerved to avoid the accident. Kraft and his three passingers were unhurt, but Bertsch was pinned in his car and spiry said a door had to be pried open to get him out.

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Dwight Lee Bertsch was born December 26, 1946 at Eureka to Walter and Leona Bertsch. He spent his early life on a farm near Ventura, North Dakota. He attended the Eureka schoold, graduating from Eureka High School in 1964.

After graduation he worked in the McPherson County courthouse at Leola. He served in the U. S. Army from August 1966 until 1968 and was stationed overseas in Germany.

Upon discharge, he attended Northern State College in Aberdeen, graduating in January 1973 with a degree in business administration. In April 1973 he began working as an auditor for the State Department of Legistlative Audit at Pierre.

He married Karen Kay Kirschenmann at Eureka on July 14, 1973 and they made their home in Mobridge. He was a member of the United Congregational Church of Mobridge. 
 
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 Children:
  Paul Eric Bertsch (1977 - 1977)*
 
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Burial:
Mobridge City Cemetery
Mobridge
Walworth County
South Dakota, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 05, 2010
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