Born 4-30-1907 -- Died 5-20-2004
Ernest Baertschi, 97, of Nevada, Mo., died May 20, 2004, at Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. He was born April 30, 1907, in Thayer, Mo., the son of Mathias Baertshi and Emma Rose Munz Baertschi. He was married on Dec. 6, 1940, in Thayer, Mo., to Lorene Mills. She preceded him in death Jan. 17, 1995.
He grew up in Thayer, Mo., and moved to Bronaugh, Mo. in 1950. He farmed and worked as a carpenter. In 1959, he went to work at the Nevada Sate Hospital until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of the Bronaugh Baptist Church and later became a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Nevada, Mo.
Survivors include two daughters -- Shirley Ledford and husband, Ray, of Fort Scott, Kan., and Charlotte McCroy of Canal Winchester, Ohio; one son, Charles Baertschi and wife, Mary Lou of Nevada; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Nell Mills of Thayer; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorene; three brothers -- Matt, John and Fred; and two sisters -- Mary and Rosa.
Graveside serrvice was May 24 at Moore Cemetery in Nevada Mo. with John Nichols officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home of Nevada.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301, S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.