IRETON -- Allan R. "Bic" Bertram, 73, of Ireton, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden, following a sudden illness.
Allan R. "Bic" Bertram was born on the Bertram family farm north of Ireton, on Aug. 16, 1932, the son of Lorenz and Dorothy (Nicholson) Bertram. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church and graduated from Ireton High School in 1950. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bic served his country from 1953 to 1955, spending 16 months in Korea.
He married Jean Hamilton Aug. 29, 1963, at the First Presbyterian Church in Le Mars. Together they made their home on the Bertram farm north of Ireton where Bic farmed and fed cattle. He continued his formal education by attending Sioux Empire Community College in Hawarden. Bic and Jean retired from farming and moved into Ireton in January of 2006.
Bic was a life-long member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion Bertram Post #276 of Ireton. He enjoyed fishing, especially walleye fishing at Chamberlain, and also deer hunting.
Bic is survived by his wife, Jean; three children, Carolyn Bertram of Ireton, Lori Bertram of Brookings, S.D., and Mark Bertram and his special friend, Hilary Stinton of Ireton; three brothers, Larry "Bert" Bertram and wife, Joyce of Lancaster, Calif., Jim Bertram and wife, Gloria of LaCrosse, Wis., and Tom Bertram and wife, Dee of Sioux City; three sisters, Jean Eilers of Murrieta, Calif., Joyce Rosenboom of Lexington, Ky., and Karen Brockmann and husband, Dick of Shelby; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Harriet; and a brother, Charles.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton with the Rev. Marcel Kohlmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton with graveside military rites conducted by the American Legion Bertram Post 276 of Ireton. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today (Thursday), with the family present beginning at 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 8 p.m., all at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton. The Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church and condolences for the family sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.