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Bruce ‘Bear’ Horsch, 55

Bruce “Bear” James Horsch, 55, of New Ulm, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Bruce was born March 8, 1960, in Hutchinson, to Donald and LeAnn (Baird) Horsch.

He faced an 18-month throw down with pancreatic cancer — unfortunately, the cancer’s recipe beat out the chemo’s recipe and Bruce left with his head and heart held high, holding Jesus’ hand.

Bear grew up in Howard Lake, and graduated from Howard Lake-Waverly High School in 1978. He worked at Red’s Pizza in Howard Lake for several years.

Bear and his wife, Barbara, moved to Watertown, where the couple owned and operated The Hun-Gree Bear restaurant for 12 years.

After “leaving” a 27-year restaurant career, he and his family moved to New Ulm, where he worked for Medallion Cabinetry until his diagnosis.

Known around town as a guy who was a friend to all, Bear was the kind of guy that was always willing to lend a hand. He could often be found sitting at a stool at either the B&L or the Ulmer Cafe.

An avid Bacardi or Schell’s Bock drinker and pizza eater, Bear is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (Ludwig) Horsch, of New Ulm; his children, Lauren, of Durham, NC, and Lance, of New Ulm; his father, Donald (Noreen) Horsch of Howard Lake; brother Steven Horsch of Howard Lake; father-in-law Herbert (Michelle) Ludwig of Montrose; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Lisa (Greg) Rassat of Maple Lake, Jerome (Lori) Ludwig of Redwood Falls, Julie (Shawn) Woods of Minneapolis, Joseph (Natasha) Ludwig of Belleview, IL, Mary Ludwig of Idaho Springs, CO, and Cory Ludwig of Grand Forks, ND; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family including, but not limited to, the Matters, Barths, and Hirschs.

He was preceded in death by his mother, LeAnn (Baird) Horsch; mother-in-law Theresa (Matter) Ludwig; and his grandparents.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter officiating. Interment followed in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, April 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 7:30 to 10 a.m., all at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home North Chapel in New Ulm, which handled the arrangements.

To leave an online condolence for Bear’s family, or to sign the guest book, go to www.mvfh.org.

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