Basel E. Wertz

August 04, 1931 ‒ December 11, 2004

Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield: Basel E. Wertz, Jr., 73, of Reed Road, died Saturday afternoon, December 11, 2004, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

He was born August 4, 1931 in Hollidaysburg, PA to Basil E. Sr. and Margaret Oldham Wertz, attended Hollidaysburg High School and moved to the Mansfield area in 1956 from Altoona, PA.

Basel was a member of Teamsters Local 40 and was employed as a truck driver, for 26 years, with B&P Motor Express. Before his retirement in 1994 he drove an additional 16 years for Schneider National. He took great pride in receiving the Million Mile Safe Driving Award for one million accident free miles behind the wheel.

He was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church who will be remembered for putting his family first. He enjoyed work around the house, even adding a porch to his home. Hunting and fishing with his grandchildren and telling numerous delightful stories of his experiences on the road leave his family with great respect for who he was and many fond memories.

Mr. Wertz is survived by his father Basel Sr. of Hollidaysburg; his wife Dolores Gray Wertz, whom he married November 27, 1950; a son and daughter-in-law Michael and Janet Wertz of Lucas; three daughters and a son-in-law Linda Wertz of Mansfield, Carol Lee of Loudonville and Carissa and Brian Spenst of Mansfield; two grandchildren Alesha Lee and Stephen Lee both of Mansfield; a great grandson Ethan Spenst; three brothers and sisters-in-law Sheldon & Jeanne Wertz of Duncansville, Gordon and Kathy Wertz of Hollidaysburg and Richard and Kathyjo Wertz of Duncansville.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon E. Wertz in 1980, and a brother Raymond Wertz.

Friends may call Tuesday, December 14, 2004 from 5~7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 am. Pastor Bonnie Peltomaa will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Basel E. Wertz Memorial Fund may be made at the funeral home.