Elmer Joseph Notsch, 79, of Hines, died May 14, 2010 at his home in Hines.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 19 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Blackduck with Fr. Luis Buitron officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 372 of Blackduck.
Active pallbearers were Gerald Notsch, Allen Notsch, Marvin Notsch, Leon Notsch, Roger Notsch and Mark Notsch. Honorary pallbearers were the American Legion Post 372 Honor Guard.
He was born Aug. 16, 1930 in St. Joseph to Joseph M. and Bertha (Pfannenstein) Notsch. He attended school through the eighth grade at the Fisher Hill Country School near St. Joseph. He entered into the U.S. Army May 22, 1953. He served overseas in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged May 15, 1955 with the rank of Corporal. He married Lillian Schmitz July 6, 1955 in St. Martin.
He dairy farmed in St. Joseph from 1955 to 1969 and then moved to Blackduck and was a dairy farmer until he retired in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and restoring Farmall tractors. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Blackduck and the American Legion Post #372 of Blackduck.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Notsch, of Hines; children, Gerald (Colleen) Notsch, Janet (Dennis) Shingler, Allen Notsch, Marvin (Lori) Notsch, Leon (Terry) Notsch, Mark Notsch, all of Blackduck and Roger (Lucinda) Notsch of Volborg, MT; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Arlene (Joe) Raab and Mary (Jim) Voller, both of St. Joseph; three brothers, Wilford (Margie) Notsch and Jerome (Dorothy) Notsch, both of St. Joseph and Richard Notsch, of Blackduck and a sister-in-law, Joyce Notsch of Foley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bertha Notsch; two brothers, Ray and Robert; a sister, Betty Counter and a brother-in-law, Oliver Counter.