Bruce Bertsch

Funeral services for Bruce Bertsch, 64, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3615 W. 10th Street, Lawrence, KS. Private family graveside will be held in Greenwood Cemetery in Clay Center, KS. He passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS.

Bruce was born April 24, 1953 in Lamar, CO the son of Howard E. and Mary E. (Miller) Bertsch.

He graduated from Clay Center High School in Clay Center, KS.

He enjoyed KU Sports and was a basketball season ticket holder and member of the Williams Fund. Bruce also enjoyed golfing, motorcycling and woodworking. He was an avid reader and loved computers and music.

He was a retired database administrator.

He married Brenda Williams on July 5, 1975 in Wichita, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his daughter, Mara (Charles) Blake, Olathe, KS; three grandchildren, Felicity, Charlotte, Oliver; and one sister, Marsha (Jacob) Griffin, Oxford, NJ.

The family will greet friends prior to the service at 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday, March 8th at the church.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (PKD Foundation) and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

18 Condolences

  1. Sandy Britt on March 6, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Sincere condolences to you, Brenda, and to Mara and her family. I was so surprised to hear of Bruce’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. Omar Bishtawi on March 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Bruce was a wonderful wonderful human being. A great friend and voice of reason.
    He will not be forgotten. Every time we ROCK CHALK, he will be there…

    RIP my friend.

    Our condolences to Brenda, Mara, and the family.

  3. Vic Hindocha on March 7, 2018 at 5:49 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Bruce in 2011….called me ‘Brucey’. A really fine chap, pleasant and very friendly. We kept in contact over the years. A hardcore KU fan; ironic cause I’m a K-Stste fan…the banter was funny. Very saddened to hear he his no longer with is. RIP in Bruce mate. ????

  4. Gwen Jansen on March 7, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Brenda, my deepest sympathies with many kind thoughts for you now and in the days to come.

  5. Robin L Miller on March 7, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Brenda and Mara,
    so very sorry …..much love and many hugs your way

  6. Donna Barrett on March 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Brenda, even though we live far apart you are always in my heart. Praying the Lord will give you strength, comfort and peace in the days ahead. Love you.

  7. Steve Ramirez on March 7, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Brenda, Very sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. He was a true Jayhawk fan, even his photo here is in a Jayhawk shirt. You will be in my thoughts this week and the weeks ahead as you adjust to a different life now. I did not know he rode motorcycles. Take care of yourself.

  8. Lisa Puckett on March 7, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was such a sweet man and I really enjoyed working with him. Anyone who met him knew of his love for his family and especially for his grand babies. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  9. Jim Holmberg on March 7, 2018 at 11:08 am

    My prayers and condolences to Brenda, Mara and the Bertsch family.

    Bruce was simply a wonderfully kind man. That’s simply the best that can be said about anyone and all that needs to be said.

    May God bless you.

  10. Doug and Karen Miller on March 7, 2018 at 11:31 am

    We are so sorry for your loss Brenda and Mara. Just found out how sick Bruce was.
    We are sorry we didn’t get a chance to go over and be with him and you in your time of need , Our Prays are and will with you in your time of need.

    May God be with you.

  11. Steve Weeks on March 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm


    I am so sorry to bear about Bruce’s passing. I loved working with him at the temple on Saturday mornings. I’ve missed you both since I stopped working there. May God be with you and your family at this time of sorrow. I will be praying for you.

  12. Brett Basel on March 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I am sadden to hear of Bruce’s passing. Our short time working together was filled with talks of baseball, his past jobs, and career paths. It was enriching to share an office with Bruce and have him share his past experiences and endeavors. He will be missed.

    Ruhe in Frieden mein Freund

  13. Shellie Regehr on March 7, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Brenda and Mara, I was so sad to read about Bruce’s death. His love for KU and his “girls” was really special! Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers! Love, Shellie Regehr

  14. Linda Hawk on March 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Brenda, Mara and Marsha, my sympathy, love and prayers for you all, Bruce will be missed by all us Bertsch cousins, he was so talented, intelligent and witty. Family was everything to him and he looked so happy enjoying his 3 grandchildren. Hugs and love from Linda, Mike, David, Hallsten and Hiatt Hawk

  15. Gary Howell on March 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Sorry to hear about Bruce. It was always wonderful to talk to him because we had the church in common. I miss him.

  16. Debi Hill Pearce on March 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Mike and I are sad to hear this news. As you know, Bruce was instrumental in Mike and I meeting, Mike’s conversion to the church, and the last 26 years of our marriage. Sending prayers and love to you all.

  17. Kathy & Stephen Egbert on March 11, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    We were sad to hear of Bruce’s passing. We hope the Lord will comfort you and your family and help you through this time of transition. Love, Stephen & Kathy Egbert

  18. Kim Murphree on March 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Thinking of you and your family Brenda. His passing came as quite a shock and we all miss his presence at the Temple. Praying that the eternal promises will bring you peace and strength at this time and always. God bless you and keep you.

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