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Harrsch, Sylvanus Darvin

Sheridan Press, December 19, 2000

Sylvanus “Van” Harrsch, 76, died Dec. 15, 2000, in Orem, Utah. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ferries Funeral Home. Internment will follow at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery with military rites by the Wyoming National Guard and American Legion. He was born April 30, 1924, in Broadus, Mont., the oldest child of Ernest Adolph and Kathern Clark Harrsch. As a young boy, he moved with his family to Sheridan, where he attended grade school and graduated from Sheridan High School. Harrsch served in World War II as an Army medic with the 82nd Airborne. He took part in six campaigns in Europe. He was briefly captured behind enemy lines in Holland and was wounded at Anzio. His awards include the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre. After the war, he married Wilma Evelyn Drake of Sheridan, and raised three children. A military family, they lived in various locations in the United States and Germany before settling in Salt Lake City, Utah. There, he retired from the Army and began his post-military career as a hospital administrator with Holy Cross Hospital and the University of Utah. He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; a son, Greg; and daughter, Mary Kay Thompson; his parents; and a brother, Vernon Harrsch. Survivors include a daughter, Diane Ingersoll, Sheridan; a brother, LeRoy Long, Montpelier,Idaho, and four sisters: Jeann Hunsaker, Orem, Charlotte Grunig, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, Patricia Abbott of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Colleen Jensen, Montpelier.

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