Andrew Vetsch, 89, of West Bend, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at his residence at Cedar Ridge in West Bend.
He was born on July 20, 1916 in Grabs, St. Gallen, Switzerland to the late Ulrich and Ursula (nee GrŠssli) Vetsch.
Andrew served in the Swiss Army and was then hired by the Allen-Bradley Co. of Milwaukee while he was still in Switzerland.
After being hired by Allen-Bradley, he came to the United States and settled in Milwaukee.
Andrew worked at Allen-Bradley, where he was the senior tool designer, until his retirement in December 1985.
In 1991 he moved to West Bend.
Andrew loved to paint and ski and he also enjoyed photography.
He is survived by two children, David (Helene) Vetsch of Adliswil, Switzerland, and Elisa-beth Ruhstrat of Englewood, Colo.; two grandchildren, DesirŽe (David Cunliffe) Ruhstrat of Highland Park, Ill., and Steven (Daniela) Ruhstrat of Recker-shausen, Germany; two great-grandchildren, Juliana and Ryan; a sister, Anna Eggenberger of Grabs, St. Gallen, Switzerland; a brother, Ulrich Vetsch of Wadenswil, Switzerland; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ursula Sidler.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, West Bend.
Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of service.
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