Richard Edward Gertsch,
of Houghton, Mich., formerly of Boulder, died of natural causes
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, in Virginia, Minn. He was 60.
He was born Feb. 21,
1945, in Oak Park, Ill., to E.A. (Dick) Gertsch and Mildred Strnad.
On June 5, 1988, he married Leslie Sour in Longmont.
Mr. Gertsch graduated
from the University of Colorado with a history degree and completed
the Navy ROTC program. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees
in mining engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, where he
worked as a professor. He lived in Boulder from 1990-94.
He taught at the University
of Missouri-Rolla, where he earned a Ph.D. in mining engineering,
before going to Michigan Technological University to work as an
associate professor. At the time of his death, he was working in
Minnesota on a research project for the United States Department
of Energy, and was a Research Associate Professor at Michigan Tech.
He was in the Navy from
1969 to 1972 and retired as a captain. He served in the Vietnam
He had a lifelong interest
in space exploration and enjoyed reading about history, taking photographs
Survivors include his
wife, Leslie Gertsch, of Rolla, Mo.; his mother, of Security; Colrado
and a brother, John Gertsch, of Boulder, Colorado.
He was preceded in death
by his father.
A memorial service is
being held on September 9 in Colorado Springs.