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Chad D Petschke

Fairmont, Martin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 25 Oct 2017 (aged 47)
Fairmont, Martin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Ceylon, Martin County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 184669894 · View Source
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Chad D. Petschke

FAIRMONT — Memorial services for Chad D. Petschke, 47, of Fairmont, Minn., will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will be held in the Lake Belt Township Cemetery near Ceylon, Minn., with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36, Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222 of Fairmont and Nassen-Detert American Legion Post 529 of Ceylon.

Chad passed away Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, 2017, at his home in Fairmont.

Chad Donovan Petschke was born Jan. 2, 1970, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Daryl Petschke and Mary (Hardy) Anderson. Chad began his education in Welcome, Minn., where he attended elementary school and high school through the 10th grade. He then transferred to Fairmont where he played football and graduated with the class of 1988.

Following his graduation, Chad was offered a chance to play football at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville and majored in criminal justice. Upon completing his 2 years there, Chad was offered a football scholarship at Minot State University in Minot, N.D., to continue playing football and earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice graduating in 1995. During his college football career, Chad earned and All-Conference Award as well as being named to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) 1994 Division II Football All-American Team for defense.

It was also during his college career, that Chad enlisted in the National Guard where he served his country proudly earning the rank of E4 of Company E 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Red Bulls. During his time in the military, Chad was able to travel to Norway and also Germany before receiving his honorable discharge.

After attending college in Minot, Chad met Kandice Rosenberg in the summer of 1995. One year later, on July 27, 1996, the couple would be married at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Ceylon, Minn. Following their marriage, Chad and Kandice made their home in Milaca, Minn., where Chad worked for two years, one in a boy’s home and one for the Benson County Prison.

After moving back to Fairmont in the summer of 1998, Chad began his employment with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked as a jailer and also returned to school to earn his Peace Officers License in Alexandria, Minn. In 2000, Chad was hired as a Sheriff Deputy for Martin County where he worked until his passing. Chad loved his job working as a deputy serving and protecting the public and he was great at his job even though the “bad guys” might not have appreciated him so much.

Chad was a member of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the Nassen-Detert American Legion Post #529 in Ceylon, Minn., and was also a member of the American Rabbit Breeding Association.

Family was extremely important to Chad and he treasured spending time with them. Whether it was grocery shopping with Kandice or showing Mini Satins rabbits with his kids in the five state area, Chad jumped at the chance to be with them. Chad had a passion for sports and loved watching his kids, Hannah and Kaleb, participate in events and cheered them on loudly as he supported them and all Fairmont High School teams. Through 4-H, Hannah and Kaleb started showing rabbits which lead to another hobby for Chad and the kids and he cherished the many memories made with them.

In his spare time, Chad enjoyed sitting down for a game of poker with his friends and if there wasn’t a game going on he would play online with fake money, making sure to announce his “winnings” when he won big. He was a great researcher on the internet and when something needed “looked into,” Chad was up for the task normally finding the best deals and figuring out many diagnoses.

A special time for the family was their yearly trip to Woodland Resort near Walker, Minn., where they would go as a family to relax and enjoy time together.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Kandice Petschke of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Hannah Petschke and Kaleb Petschke; mother, Mary Anderson and her husband, Randy; sisters, Shasta Gutierrez and her husband, Felipe, and Tammy Woods; nieces, Shianne, Savannah, and Abby; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dave and Rosemary Rosenberg; brother-in-law, Brandon Rosenberg; birth father, Steve Birch and his family; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many friends.

Chad was preceded in death by his father, Daryl Petschke; grandparents, Esther Petschke, Ernie Petschke; grandfather, Arnold Hardy; grandmother, Marian Nutt; numerous aunts, uncles, in-laws and extended family.




  • Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
  • Added: 27 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184669894
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Chad D Petschke (2 Jan 1970–25 Oct 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184669894, citing Lake Belt Cemetery, Ceylon, Martin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dale & Corinne Wise (contributor 47132213) .