Clyde H. Gottsche, 68, Brazil, died at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital after suddenly collapsing. He was being treated for high blood pressure.
Born on Sept. 6, 1935, in Henry Co., Ill., to Elon S. Gottsche and Esther E. Westlund Gottsche, later moved to this area. He was a 1953 graduate of Brazil High School and also attended Ivy Tech in Terre Haute.
For 23 years he was a machine repairman for the IBM plant in Greencastle until it ceased operations there. Subsequently, he was employed by the K and H Sewage District for the towns of Knightsville and Harmony.
He was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, charter member and a founder of the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department, and was also affiliated with the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Married to the former Eva Ruth Garrison on Sept. 25, 1953, she preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1997, and his father on July 24, 1999.
Survivng are two daughters, Clydia "Jody" Grey and her husband Ron and Debra Gottsche; one son, Rick Gottsche and wife Mary, all of Brazil; his mother in Indianapolis; one brother, David and his wife Mary Jane Gottsche of Brazil; one sister and her husband, Nancy and Vaughn Love of Greenwood; five grandchildren, Chad Grey and wife Tiffany of Plainfield, Ill., Adam Grey of Brazil, January Dixon of Avon, Emilie and Garrison Gottsche at home, special friend, Ruby Barr of Brazil and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Miller Memorial Chapel. Rev. Bob Kumpf will officiate, and interment will be in Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Harmony United Methodist Church, the Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department, or to the charity of the donor's choice.