Harry Gerbracht

Harry was born December 25, 1920, at Hettinger, ND, to Russell and Elinor (Schultz) Gerbracht.  He lived with his family on a farm north of Hettinger until 1928, when they moved to a ranch south of Prairie City.  He attended school at the Wyondotte School.  He grew up on the ranch helping his father with farm work, raising cattle and sheep, and helping neighbors when they needed help.  He also worked for farmers in North Dakota.
Harry met Pearl Evjen in 1939.  He was drafted into the US Army on September 11, 1942.  He served in the Infantry in the Pacific, Aleutians, and Luzon.  He was promoted to Staff Sargent in 1943.  He was honorably discharged in November 1945.
Harry and Pearl were married January 11, 1946.  They bought a farm south of Prairie City where they farmed and raised cattle and sheep.  He would do custom work for neighbors and friends; moving stacks, combining, and threshing.
He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Zeona, and the American Legion of Bison, SD.  He was confirmed and baptized in the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Zeona.  Harry enjoyed hunting, playing cards, fishing, dancing, and camping.  Harry and Pearl spent their winters in Texas in their motor home.  In 2008, they moved to Rapid City.
Harry Frank Gerbracht, 98, of Rapid City and formerly of the Prairie City area, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio, TX.
Harry is survived by two daughters, Luella (Richard) Robinson, San Antonio, TX, and Betty (Robert) Petersen, North Platte, NE; three grandchildren, Kelly (Patrick) Smith, San Antonio, TX, Julie (Jason) Mueller, Lincoln, NE, and Jeremy (JoLynn) Petersen, North Platte, NE; five great-grandchildren, Shelby and Dylan Smith, San Antonio, TX, Adam and Gage Mueller, Lincoln, NE, and Ean of North Platte, NE; two sisters, Mary (Clifford) Skogen, Mandan, ND, and Eva Creighton, Rapid City, SD; and one brother, George (Margaret) Gerbracht, Bison, SD.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl; his parents; one brother, Mike; and two sisters, Ida (Findley) Creighton and Alice Mae (Harold) Milner.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Baer officiating.  Burial, with military honors, followed at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.




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