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Obituaries: Suedkamp; Bertch

Beverly M. Suedkamp

Beverly M. Suedkamp: October 10, 1947 — January 4, 2023

Beverly “Bev” Marie (Gustafson) Suedkamp went peacefully with the Lord on January 4, 2023,

at her home while having a sleepover with her daughter.

Bev was born October 10, 1947, to Hank “Gus” Gustafson and Eva Marie (Rhoads) Gustafson in

Gillette, WY. Bev was a daddy’s girl and loved to go to the ranch, hunt and camp with him. She

became a big sister to Bobbi Jo, Bill, Jerry “Gus” and Lori. Bev was a feisty sibling, with too

many stories to share. All we know is, you didn’t want to be on her bad side as a kid.

Bev married Greg Marsh in October of 1966. To this union two children were born. Shawn

Marsh in August of 1968 and Kodi (Marsh) Cowen in August of 1971. The family resided in rural

Campbell County, Spearfish, SD and Brighton, Co. They enjoyed rodeo and ranch life, family,

and outdoor activities. Bev loved to attend high school rodeos to watch Shawn and his close

friends compete.

In November 1986, Bev married her best friend and soulmate William (Dr. Bill) Suedkamp. Bill

and Bev made their home in Gillette, later fulfilling their dream of purchasing a ranch west of

Gillette on Wild Horse Creek. Bev gained two bonus sons of this union, Will and Mike

Suedkamp. In 1989 Bev became a doting grandmother to Austin Cowen and in 1992 to Dalton

Cowen. Bev was her grandsons’ biggest fan, watching them play basketball, tennis and their

true passion, baseball. “Gran” was known to secretly slip the boys some money when she hugged them


Bev enjoyed trips with her sisters, her daughter and many friends. She enjoyed her flowers and

loved all animals; especially her dogs, cats, chickens, lambs and baby calves in the spring. She

was an avid watcher of all wildlife and birds. Bev was known for her frequent trips to town for

a fountain vanilla Pepsi. She could also be found in the “scooter” with Shawn for quality time

checking fences, water and general ranch operations. Bev loved to go to the mountains with

Kodi. She loved the sound of the creeks running, seeing the wildflowers in the spring and the

turning of fall colors, especially the aspens. Bev will best be remembered for her courage and

loving and giving spirit. She loved fiercely and unapologetically, a true original and now an

angel. She never wanted for anything but would give anybody everything.

Her legacy lives on through her son Shawn, daughter Kodi, bonus sons Will (Jay) Suedkamp,

Mike (Darci) Suedkamp; sister Bobbi Jo (Jim) Noecker, Bill (Beckie) Gustafson, Jerry “Gus” (Tina)

Gustafson, Lori (Dennis) Geiss; grandsons Austin (Shelby) Cowen, Dalton (Elenna) Cowen; great

grandchildren Kai, Kenley and Kase Cowen and Linden Cowen; many nieces, nephews and

special friends.

She was greeted in heaven by her beloved husband Bill, parents Hank and Eva Marie, sister-inlaw

Rena Marsh, niece Shanie Patterson, great grandson baby Will James Cowen, mother in law

Betty Dorr, father in law Delmer Marsh and her ride or die friend, Stevie Wilson.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

There will be a private celebration at a later date. Memorial in Bev’s name are suggested to

benefit Fur Kids Foundation. Donations and condolences can be sent in care of Gillette

Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St. Gillette, WY 82716.

Andrew John Bertch

Andrew John Bertch: June 15, 1950 — January 11, 2023

Funeral service for Andrew Bertch will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gordon Harper officiating.

Burial at 2:00 p.m., Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2023, at Gillette Memorial Chapel. Andrew (Andy) John Bertch was born June 15, 1950, in Selfridge, North Dakota to Jacob and Katharina Bertch.

He passed away at home on January 11, 2023, in Gillette, Wyoming.

Andy grew up with his seven siblings in Belle Fourche and attended high school in Spearfish, South Dakota. He left high school to join the Army where he served in Vietnam. Andy and Paula were married on July 3, 1971. They have four children, daughter Toby (Kevin) Bertch Jackson of Monument, CO; daughter Leigh Jacobs of Gillette; son Adam (Fran) Bertch of Boise, ID; daughter Bailey (Brad) Gregorich of Gillette. 

Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Jim and David; and his sisters Betty and Joanne. Andrew is survived by his wife Paula of Gillette; their children; 11 grandchildren; brother Gene (Patricia) Bertch of Gillette WY; sisters, Agnes Bertch of Spearfish SD; Alice (Russ) Metzger of Aberdeen SD. 

Andrew’s family would like to thank the CCH Dialysis staff, Home Health, and Hospice for their kind and comprehensive care. They would also like to acknowledge Andrew’s friends Steve Gonzalez, Andy Mravlja, Randy Danielson, Gary Apsher, Todd Archer, and his breakfast buddies as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com


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