A memorial service for Henry Christopher Ferch, 85, of Lindsay will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lindsay. He died on March 6.

He was born on June 1, 1918 in Thedford, Neb. He was a resident of Lindsay for 30 years.

He served in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. He was one of the first men to go into Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the Atomic Bombs were dropped there. He was a farmer in Lindsay for 30 years as well as a heavy equipment mechanic for 50 years.

He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lindsay. He would provide oranges to Rescue Missions and Homeless Shelters.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Mae Ferch of Lindsay; four daughters, Esther Egan of Lindsay, Diane Brad of Kingman, Ariz., Susan Lelack of Keizer, Ore. and Norma Howard of Yucca, Ariz.; two sons, David Ferch of Bakersfield and Wayne Ferch of Paradise, Calif.; three sisters, Pearl Williams of Westminister, Colo., June Todd of Kingman, Ariz. and Anna Sells of La Salle, Colo.; two brothers, John Ferch of Medford, Ore. and Ray Ferch of Tucson, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Ferch; brother, Paul Ferch; and three sisters, Ruth Saylor, Blanche Owens and Hope Smith.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.myersfuneral.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seventh Day Adventist Church, 280 E. Apia, Lindsay, CA 93247. Arrangements are under the direction of Myers Funeral Service, Lindsay.

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