William A. “Bill” Wertz

February 03, 1935 ‒ August 03, 2008

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: William A. “Bill” Wertz, 73, of Yorkwood Road, Mansfield, died Sunday morning August 3, 2008 in his home, following a sudden illness.

He was born February 3, 1935 in Morrow County to Fred Ivan and Annis (Campbell) Wertz, was graduated from Edison High School in 1952, and attended Ohio Wesleyan University.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Bill served with the 18th Artillery and was decorated as a rifle marksman. He later served five years with the U.S. Army Reserves.

Bill moved to Mansfield in 1953 when he accepted a position with Ideal Electric. In December of the following year he was engaged to Iris Haldeman, and they were married in Centerburg on February 10, 1956.

He left Ideal in 1973 as a supervisor in the electrical switchgear department, to take a job with the Tappan Company. He worked at Tappan’s in quality assurance until the plant closed in 1987.

For three years Bill worked with Automatic Parts, the screw machine company, before taking a position as supervisor with G&B Assembly in the old Westinghouse building, retiring in 1993.

Bill was a member of Edison United Methodist Church, and a member and past president of Lexington Area Senior Citizens.

An easygoing guy who took life in stride, Bill appreciated the simple pleasures in life that often go unnoticed: a bird in flight, a crashing wave, and the loyalty of a friend. A walk around Kingwood, amidst Fowler’s Woods, or a final swim in the ocean’s surf signaled a good day.

He will be remembered for his kindness toward others, and how he liked a challenge. It was Bill’s patience and understanding that made him so good at his seasonal job at H&R Block. He prepared the tax returns for the clients who presented with only a bag of receipts. Bill exhibited the serenity and endurance to follow their paper trails and successfully serve them.

Described as humble and quiet, his gentle nature was sensed by animals, as they seemed to have a natural attraction to him. His current canine, a Lhasa Apso named Mr. Barkley was Bill’s constant companion.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Iris Wertz; their daughter and son-in-law Judy & Mark Brown of Sunbury; granddaughters Julia and Rachael Brown; sisters Pauline Wertz of Edison, Mary Armbruster of Lancaster, PA, Virginia Moore of Xenia, and Wanda Rezac of Sidney, NB; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter Edith Brown; and sisters Freda Wire and Dorothy King.

The Wertz Family will receive friends Wednesday, August 6, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Don Lockwood will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to the building fund of Edison United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 247, Edison, Ohio 43320, may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the Wertz Family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com