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Harry Petsch - February 16, 2012

Harry Milton Petsch was born June 21, 1924, in Hayes County to Guy F. and Jessie (Crosson) Petsch, and passed away Feb. 16, 2012, at the age of 87. At a young age the family moved to the Crosson Homestead south of Wauneta where Harry attended school in a one room school house in Dundy County.
After his father’s death in 1936, the family moved to the Palisade area. In 1940 his mother married Wes Crampton and they moved to Palisade, where Harry graduated from High School in 1942. In March, 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed with the Service Command Unit in Phoenix, Ariz.
On Dec. 11, 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Elsie Pearl Gage, at Tempe, Ariz. Following Harry’s honorable discharge from the army in February, 1946 the couple moved to a farm north of Beverly, Nebr. In 1952 they moved to Denver, Colo., where he worked for Hires Root Beer and Royal Crown Bottling Company. While at Royal Crown he received an eight state Regional Quality Control award.
In 1967 they moved to Brighten, Colo., where he worked for Great Western Sugar Company until his retirement in 1977. They moved back to their farm northwest of Palisade where he enjoyed raising livestock and pursuing his gardening hobby.
In 2002 due to failing health, they sold the farm and moved to Palisade where he resided until his death.
Harry was a lifetime member of the Palisade American Legion Post 318.
He faced all of his adversities with dignity and patience. He was a kind and gentle man.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Jessie; step-father, Wes Crampton; infant sister, Madline; brothers, Wayne and Wylie; sisters-in-law, Ethel Petsch and Helen Gage; brothers-in-law, Wayne and Johnnie Gage; aunts and uncles, Reba (Crosson) McBride, James Crosson, John Crosson, Lucy (Crosson) Siebert, Laura (Crosson) Parks, and Fred Crosson.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elsie of Palisade; sisters-in-law, Millie Petsch of McCook, Iris and husband, Darrell Barnes of Palisade, Betty Gage of Aumsville, Ore.; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Palisade United Methodist Church or the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Palisade United Methodist Church in Palisade, Neb., with Rev. Bonnie McCord officiating. Burial took place with Military honors in the Palisade Cemetery.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook was in charge of the arrangements. Please visit the website at to sign the online guestbook or leave a message of condolences for Harry’s family.