Phil Bartsch was born May 18, 1957 in Saskatoon, Sask to George & Katherine Bartsch. In April 1961 the family moved to Sidney, MB and that fall they moved to the farm north of Austin. He made it through his childhood years active and healthy.
Phil started school in the country school at Springbrook and continued at Austin Elementary. He had a hard time in school and left as soon as he legally could but with upgrading he later got his grade 10. Most of his education came from experience.
Phil started work at potato farms and later turned to logging. It was a proud time when he bought his own sawmill. He also became an excellent skidder, buncher, limber and cat operator. He enjoyed doing this type of work for various employers as well as some farm work in the logging slow times.
Phil’s hobbies were mainly fishing and hunting. He collected rods, tackle and had some boats. His biggest brag was the 42” slough shark he pulled out of Jackson’s Lake (with some help). He had it mounted.
In recent times he quite enjoyed facebook time with numerous relatives and friends.
His sudden death on Thursday, October 25 in a farming accident leaves to mourn his parents George & Kay; two sisters Carolyn (Murray) Bunnett and Mary (Dwayne) Whitehead and one brother Stan (Charlotte) Bartsch and their families. He was predeceased by one sister Lorna and brother in law Dale Richter.