August 29, 2005

Mr. Henry F. Bertsch

On Aug. 27, 2005, God gave his angels instruction to escort his child, Henry F. Bertsch of McDonough, home at the young age of 80.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, the son of the late Mittie Conner Bertsch and Henry F. Bertsch in Little Rock, Ark. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. He served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Riverdale.

He was proud to have served his country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. He wore his title of husband, father and grandfather with pride. He viewed his family to be one of the greatest accomplishments in life.

Mr. Bertsch never met a stranger and always had something to say. He enjoyed fellowship with others and they enjoyed him. For the past 15 years, he played Santa Claus at local Henry County businesses. The word "retirement" was not part of his vocabulary.

Mr. Bertsch is survived by his wife of 59 years Donnie Bertsch; daughters and son-in-law, Donna Marshall of McDonough and Judy & Keith Craddock of McDonough; grandchildren, Sherri and Jeff Schmacher of McDonough; Stephanie Turner of Cumming; Kenny Marshall of McDonough; and Shaun Craddock of McDonough. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Ian, Kyle, Carrie, Christopher, Cameron, Isabella and Zoe.

Brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Joan Harville of McDonough and Eugene and Carolyn Harville of McDonough; several nieces and nephews and many close friends for more than 50 years. Mr. Bertsch had several adopted grandchildren, Cissy, Matt, Casey, Skyler and Austin Jones, Frank Turner, Kelly Bridges and Kellie Stowe.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Bethanie Craddock and son-in-law, Kenneth Marshall.

Funeral services for Mr. Bertsch will be Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home with The Rev. Hinton Harris, The Rev. Al O'Quinn and Dr. Tim Dowdy officiating. Interment will be at Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park in McDonough. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Haisten Funeral, McDonough (770) 914-8833.