Harold L. Roesch, 85, of Hiawatha, KS (formerly of Reserve, KS), passed away on February 16, 2019, at Apostolic Christian Home, in Sabetha, KS. He was born on October 23, 1933, in Falls City, to Henry and Mary (Idol) Roesch.
Harold spent his childhood on a farm in the Reserve area farming with his dad, Henry and his mother, Mary. During his high school years, he was very active in sports and music, graduation from Reserve High School in 1951. He graduated from Highland Junior College in 1953. While at Highland he sang in the college chorus and music quartet.
He married Mary Ellen Gerdes on September 6, 1959, in Falls City.
Harold continued to farm with his dad. Through the years they had a cattle and sheep operation. He belonged to the Brown County Farm Bureau and served as a board member. He also served on the Reserve High School Board. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (20th & Towle St.) at Falls City where he taught Sunday School for 25 years.
He was a recipient of the Bankers Soil Conservation Award twice through the years. He was a member of the Hiawatha National Guard for ten years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Roesch of Hiawatha; sons: David (Tracy) Roesch of Topeka, KS, Robbie (Heather) Roesch of Atchinson, KS; grandchildren: Ethan (Shannon) Roesch of Topeka, Kaitlin (John) Latimer of Manhattan, KS, Reagan and Laura Roesch and Sierra Charlson of Atchison, KS; great-grandchildren: Aydin McDonald and Brylie Roesch both of Topeka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Wallace L. Gerdes, Jr. and his wife, Elaine.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (20th & Towle St.) with Reverend Andrew Chavanak officiating. Interment will be in Steele Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 7-8:00 PM at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.