Harlan Bergsieker Jr.



Harlan Bergsieker Jr., 83, of Columbus died at 3:47 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Columbus Regional Health.

Born Sept. 24, 1933, on his family farm in Jackson County, he was the son of Harlan and Gertrude Mellencamp Bergsieker Sr. He married Norma Brittin 61 years ago on June 23, 1956, in Fort Wayne, and survives.

Harlan graduated from Shields High School in Seymour and from Ball State Teachers College with a degree in business. Harlan was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Other survivors include his son, Ed (Shirley) Bergsieker of Columbus; daughters, Greta Bergsieker of Cicero and Gail (Andrew) Wurtz of Carmel; and grandchildren, Sarah (Frank Jamerson) Bergsieker, Rachel Bergsieker, Alexander Wurtz and Madeline Wurtz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Ethan Wurtz.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with Pastor John Armstrong officiating. Burial will be at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Jonesville.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.

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