Barry Knute Bertelsen, 72, of Holmen, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 7, 2013. He was born April 21, 1940, to Knute and Ethel (Johnson) Bertelsen. He graduated from Holmen High School in 1958. On April 21, 1962, he married Marion Holthaus at Zion Lutheran Church in Galesville. He worked for the majority of his professional life at Park Bank, previously Bank of Holmen, from 1969 until his retirement in 2002.
Barry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marion; his children, Brenda (Patrick) Burke of Madison, Wis., Kristine (Daniel) Patterson of Middleton, Wis., and Brian (Sheila) Bertelsen of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Patrick Burke, Margaret, Katherine and Elleanor Patterson, and Bailey and Megan Bertelsen. He is also survived by sisters Kay (Rollo) Taylor and Alice (Michael Drew) Hanson-Drew; and brothers Ronald (Janet) Bertelsen, Michael (Cynthia) Bertelsen and David (Maureen) Bertelsen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant grandson, Robert Michael Patterson; his parents; and his parents-in-law, James and Marie Holthaus.
Barry was a busy Holmen booster all his life. He was an active member of the Holmen Lion’s Club since the 1960s and received the Melvin Jones Fellow award for his humanitarian service. He coordinated the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign since the early 1970s. Barry was active in bringing a branch of the La Crosse County Library to Holmen. He spearheaded the campaign to create the Holmen-Halfway Creek bike trail. He received the Holmen Viking Alumni Award in 2002. Barry was a long-time member of Holmen Lutheran Church and served the congregation in various capacities, including president of the congregation. All of his activities helped make the Holmen community a better place.
Barry enjoyed golfing, curling, and going for T-Bird rides with Marion among many other pastimes. His grandchildren were one of the great joys of his life.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 11 at Holmen Lutheran Church, Holmen. Pastor Matt Toso and Pastor Dan Henderson will officiate and burial will follow at Lewis Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, March 10, from 5-8 p.m. at Holmen Lutheran Church and again on Monday, March 11, at the church from 9 a.m. until the time service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Barry Bertelsen Memorial Fund.
Barry’s family is thankful for the wonderful care he received from the staff of Gundersen-Lutheran At Home Hospice, for the support from the Holmen Lutheran Church family, especially Pastor Matt, Pastor Dan and the Food Ministry, and for the many cards, letters of support and hugs he and they received throughout this difficult time.