MT. PLEASANT-- Bert Andrew Ruesch passed away May 19, 2012, at Autumn Park Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant surrounded by his family.
He was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant to Frank Eugene and Mary Alberta Rolph Ruesch.
He was the fourth of eight children, each of whom have preceded him in death.
Bert attended school in Mt. Pleasant and graduated from North Sanpete High School in 1940.
He began his military service with the Utah National Guard Battery D222 in 1939 in Mt. Pleasant, then in 1941 was inducted into the Army on March 3, 1941 and went on to serve during World War II in Germany, France and England. Bert had a great love for this country and the freedoms we enjoy.
Upon return from WWII, he married his lifelong companion, Zola Anderson, Feb. 6, 1946, in the Manti LDS Temple. They were married for 66 years.
Bert has always had a love for people and dedicated his life to serving others. Bert worked many jobs including owner of Ruesch Monument and retired from the Post Office after 31 years of service.
He has served in many church callings including bishop of the Mt. Pleasant First LDS Ward. He enjoyed serving in the VFW and the Pioneer Day committees.
After Bert retired, he and Zola worked in the Provo LDS Temple while the Manti LDS Temple was being remodeled. When the Manti Temple remodel was completed they worked as ordinance workers for 20 years. They have many wonderful memories of serving our Father in Heaven.
He has always taken pride in his home and yard and has grown many beautiful gardens and flower beds. He had a great love for his family and always looked forward to their visits. He is grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the peace he has gained through serving others.
He is survived by his wife, Zola, children, Helen Diane (Elliott) Lund, Mt. Pleasant; Marilyn (Richard) Nielsen, Moroni; Larry Bert (Robyn) Ruesch, Sandy; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 25, in the Mt. Pleasant Fifth LDS Ward, 49 South State. Friends and family may call Thursday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North 100 West, Mt. Pleasant and Friday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., prior to services at the church.
Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with military honors.