Edward Bartsch, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Senior Care Center in Gunnison. Born June 26, 1932, in Minnesota to Agatha and Henry Bartsch, Ed moved as a young child with his German-speaking family to Dinuba, Calif., where he grew up with five siblings on a dairy farm, milking cows twice a day throughout his youth. After graduating from Reedley Junior College with a degree in Agriculture, Ed attended Fresno State College. He enlisted in the Army prior to graduation and served from 1954-56, attaining the rank of Sergeant. While stationed in Germany, he enjoyed re-learning the language and meeting some of his relatives. Following his military service, Ed completed his undergraduate studies and went on to earn a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Psychology (1965) from Claremont Graduate University. Ed’s primary interest was in understanding the process of learning and his studies included a clinical internship at a state prison and mental hospital. During his college years, Ed fulfilled a personal goal of learning to dance by taking ballroom dance lessons. While at Fresno State, Ed had the great good fortune to meet Carol Sue Pearson, who worked as a nurse. They were married on July 12, 1958, and together had three daughters and eventually seven grandchildren. After finishing his doctorate in 1965, Ed took a job as an assistant professor at Western State College in Gunnison. Ed and Sue initially planned to stay for only a few years, but they came to love the place and the people and never left. In 1967, he became Chairman of the Division of Social Studies, a position he held until 1980. In 1996, Ed retired from Western State as Professor Emeritus. With his family, Ed thoroughly enjoyed life in Gunnison. Family activities included skiing, camping, hiking, and, as his daughters grew older, involvement in 4-H. Ed enjoyed his horses and his ranch neighbors, and also square-dancing and rounddancing, which he continued for as long as he was able. In addition to his roles at the college, Ed acquired Hi-Country Service and Laundry, a business he and Sue operated for many years. Ed was also a member of the Gunnison Rotary Club, the Board of Directors of Gunnison Bank & Trust, and a strong supporter of many community causes and endeavors. Ed Bartsch is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue Bartsch, and three daughters (Karen Estes of Laramie, Wyo., married to David; Donna Locke of Sandy Hook, Conn., married to Chris; and Diane Warren of Fayetteville, Ark., married to Ron); seven grandchildren (Daniel and Wyatt Estes; John, Gabriel, and Mary Locke; Sam and Andrew Warren); siblings Luella, Harry, and Alvin Bartsch, of Fresno, Calif., and Ruth White of Sewickly, Pa.; numerous nephews and nieces; and many friends. The family will host an open house in honor of Edward Bartsch at the family residence 1330 CR 10 on Friday, Sept. 7 from 1-3 p.m. with a short commemoration at 2 p.m. Ed’s family asks friends, in lieu of giving flowers, to consider a donation to the Gunnison Valley Health Senior Care Center and/or Hospice for their kindness, compassion, and diligent care.