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Joseph "Joe" BertrandCLERGY
Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Pianist ~ Dorothy Bietz
The Scotland Fire Dept. Bowling Team
Fast Eddie Halverson
Joseph Michael James Bertrand was born Saturday, June 11, 1956 in Scotland, South Dakota to H.R. “Bud” and Ella (Suess) Bertrand. During his early years, the family lived in Tabor, later moving to Scotland where Joe attended Scotland High School. He remained in Scotland, where Joe was blessed with his son and two daughters and later was united in marriage to Peggy Sue Berens on July 9, 2005 at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotland.
Joe will always be remembered for being young at heart along with his enthusiasm and passion for life. The word “no” was absent from Joe’s vocabulary and he was known for helping others and always putting other people first. Always a hard worker, he also knew how to have a good time and enjoyed bowling, golfing, dancing, riding his Harley, and spending time outdoors hunting and fishing. He loved the time he spent with his family on the boat while the kids went tubing and water-skiing. “Papa Joe” spent hours on the floor playing with his grandchildren.
His absence will be felt in the community. Joe was loved by all who came into contact with him it didn’t matter if you met Joe for 5 minutes or knew him for 20 years, you walked away with a smile, a story, and a friend for life. Many in the community ranging from students to farmers to all his friends at the local watering hole all knew Joe as a giver and a friend. He devoted countless hours to the construction of the Haunted House fundraising project among several other activities. Joe also volunteered on the Scotland Volunteer Fire Dept. throughout his years. No one word can describe Joe Bertrand. Some people would use words like kindhearted, loving, hardworking, and truly happy. “Broadway Joe” was truly one of a kind, and will always be remembered.
Joe’s work history ranged from a mechanic on a race car, to working with horses, construction, driving truck, until he found his place at Scotland Oil (Phillips 66). Over the 32 years working at Scotland Oil, Joe built a relationship with everyone he came into contact with. While still actively working at Scotland Oil, Joe had also worked part-time in the evenings as a shuttle driver for Schwan’s.
Joe died from a sudden heart attack on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland at the age of 55. Joe will be held lovingly in the hearts of his family, which include his wife, Peggy, of Scotland; five children and their families: Joshua “Redman” Bertrand and Holly German and their unborn son, Tate, of Vermillion, Nicole (Corey) Pechous and their son, Weston, of Sioux Falls, Traci (Cody) VandeWeerd, their son, Griffin, and unborn daughter, Brooklin, of Eudora, Kansas, Trisha Berens and Josh Hepp and her daughter Jayci Berens of Chancellor, and Tyler Berens of Chancellor; his mother, Ella Bertrand of Scotland; two brothers: Ray (Dee) Bertrand of Yankton and Brian (Renda) Bertrand of Gayville; a sister, LuAnn (John) Geiman of Scotland; his parents-in-law, Chuck and Karen Oberle of Tea; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. “Papa Joe” will also be fondly remembered by the Jeremy and Melinda Bertrand family and the Lisa Rokusek family.
Preceding him in death were his father, Bud Bertrand in 2002, and both his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Dear Bertrands, So sorry for your loss, Joe was always a great friend. He never "met a stanger". I go back many many years with Joe. Great memories with Joe from the Ed Pillar horse days, many high school memories and just the recent visit with him last fall while at my folks, he always made me smile. He will be greatly be missed. Thougths and prayers are with you you all!
Robert & Cindy (Raker) Kvick Feb 8 2012 7:37 PM
We were so sad to hear of Joe's passing. Our prayers to his family. He was a great guy.
Rick & Debbie Machacek Feb 3 2012 12:52 PM
Dear Peggy, Ella, LuAnn, Ray and Brian: I just returned from vacation and found out from Cheryl Ziegler about Joe's passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy to all of you. Joe was a friend for life no matter how long it was since you last saw him. He was always kind. My heart goes out to you and yours. Just want you to know that we are all thinking about you and hoping youll have peace in knowing that you are surrounded by those who care. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Karen Dvorak
Karen Dvorak Jan 30 2012 8:52 AM
I am so sorry to hear that Joe passed away. He was a good classmate and someone who would always take time to talk with you. May God give you, his family, peace during this difficult time.
Wally Kost Jan 28 2012 10:15 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the immediate and extened family of JOE"S. He was always a pleasure to be around and I appreciated his work ethic as an employee at Scotland Oil. I was proud to consider him as a friend. GENE
Gene & Nancy Schneider Jan 26 2012 7:07 PM
I was shocked to hear of Joe's death. I was a year ahead of Joe in high school. He was a fun-loving guy and could always put a smile on your face. My deepest condolences.
Cheryl Ziegler Jan 26 2012 5:23 PM
Peggy, Josh, Nicole, Traci, Ray, Brian, Ella...There are no words of comfort that can fill the void in your heart. May it help just knowing that others are thinking of you.
Dave & Joanie Auch Jan 26 2012 11:22 AM
Thoughts and prayers to Nicole, Traci and Josh. I have many great memories of hanging out as kids with you guys and your dad was always so much fun when he would play with us. Please know that our whole family is thinking about you all and praying for you. - Love you all - Tonia
Tonia Karbowski Jan 25 2012 5:57 PM
Ella, Ray, LuAnn,and Brian: I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember going to school with Joe and he was a nice guy and had a smile for everyone. Also I remember your family because you babysat my younger sister Elaine. My prayers are with you and Joe's family.
Diane (Cabalka) Nicholson Jan 24 2012 3:26 PM
To the entire Family - Joe was a great guy & will be missed by many. Thoughts & Prayers to all of you during this difficult time. We don't always understand why God takes our Loved ones so early but it is in his hands. Peace to all of you. "If God Brings You To It, He Will Bring You Thru It." Jason & Connie Luke
Connie K Luke Jan 24 2012 11:56 AM