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Memorial services for Martin County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Petschke,47, who passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday night will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont.

Burial will be held in the Lake Belt Township Cemetery near Ceylon, MN, with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36, Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222 of Fairmont and Nassen-Detert American Legion Post #529 of Ceylon.

Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 30, 2017, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of service at the church.

Chad Petschke graduated with the class of 1988 from Fairmont High School.. Following his graduation, Chad was offered a chance to play football at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville and majored in Criminal Justice. Upon completing his 2 years there, Chad was offered a football scholarship at Minot State University in Minot, ND, to continue playing football and earning his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice graduating in 1995. During his college football career, Chad earned and All-Conference Award as well as being named to the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) 1994 Division II Football All-American Team for defense.

It was also during his college career, that Chad enlisted in the National Guard where he served his country proudly earning the rank of E4 of Company E 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Red Bulls. During his time in the military, Chad was able to travel to Norway and also Germany before receiving his honorable discharge.

Chad worked for two years in Milaca, MN one in a boy’s home and one for the county prison. After moving back to Fairmont in the summer of 1998, Chad began his employment with the Martin County Sheriff's Office where he worked as a Jailer and also returned to school to earn his Peace Officers License in Alexandria, MN. In 2000, Chad was hired as a Sheriff Deputy for Martin County where he worked until his passing. Chad loved his job working as a deputy serving and protecting the public and he was great at his job even though the “bad guys” might not have appreciated him so much.

Rod Halvorsen
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