John H. Briscoe, 67, of Gettysburg, died March 27, 2012 at the Gettysburg Memorial Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held March 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. John Harold Briscoe was born in Pierre, SD on March 22, 1945 to John Harold and Emma (Schulz) Briscoe. He graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1963. He received s bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University in 1967 and continued working on a graduate degree from the University of Wyoming and the University of Montana. John returned to Gettysburg to farm and ranch with his brother. He also worked for the Potter County News, the REA Highliner Magazine, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Office and Bohnenkamp Dakota Supply. On Sept. 25, 1975 John married Rita Haman in Towner, ND. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gettysburg, where he served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and a religious education instructor. He is survived by his wife: Rita of Gettysburg; his children: Angela (Brian Scott) Harvill of Sioux Falls, Laura Lea (Patrick) Kolker of Aberdeen, and John J. (Marissa) Briscoe of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; brother: James H. (Sharon) Briscoe of Gettysburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carolyn Henry; and infant grandson, Joshua J. Briscoe. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Sacred Heart Building Fund, PO Box 285, Gettysburg, SD 57442 Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with John’s arrangements.