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Edward Fitch

Edward Fitch, age 90 of Philip, SD, died September 5, 2008, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Services were Tuesday, September 9, at the Community Evangelical Free Church in Philip, with Pastor Gary Wahl officiating.

Eulogy was given by Pastor Al Brucklacher. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, pianist, Tylissa Fitch, vocalist, Chris Fitch, cello, Cory Fitch, violin, and the Fitch granddaughters, vocalists.

Ushers were Michael Peterson, Nick Weiers and Justin Thorpe. Pallbearers were Trevor, Truett, Theo, Cory and Christopher Fitch and Len Cotten.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip was held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Edward Fitch was born September 19, 1917, in Pierre, SD, the first child born to Harve and Mary (Bodkin) Fitch.

He grew up and received his education in Milesville rural schools. Ed was drafted into the Army in March 1942. After completing his training Ed was sent to Europe where he was assigned to the 14th Armored Division. Later he was transferred to the 9th Army. Some of the highlights Edward saw during WWII were; Battle of the Buldge, five battle campaigns; Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. Edward received his discharge on the 24th of November 1945, at Camp McCoy Wisconsin, arriving home the day after Thanksgiving. Shortly there after Ed ventured out to the West Coast and drove trucks cross-country. Not satisfied with that lifestyle, Ed returned back to his original roots - the family farm at Milesville, SD.

On October 10, 1953, Ed married Frances Burjes in Detroit Michigan. To this union, three sons were born Burjes, Brian, and Bryce. The Fitches assumed operation of the Fitch farms and continued to run the Burjes homestead. When their sons were old enough to be in sports, Ed and Frances were faithful followers.

Ed was a member of the American Legion and VFW. Edward and Frances were members of the Evangelical Free Church in Milesville. Both Ed and Frances enjoyed many volkwalks through the years, loved to dance and belonged to the Bad River Dance Club. They also took many trips in their motor home.

Survivors include three sons, Burjes Fitch and his wife, Cheryl, of Philip, Brian Fitch and his wife, Sue, of St. Paul, MN, and Bryce Fitch and his wife, Pam, of Sioux Falls; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister Dorothy Nesberg of Madison, WI; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, on September 7, 2005; his parents; one brother, Bud Fitch; and two sisters, Mary Jane Hovland and Ella Hart.

A memorial has been established.