Kenneth Wayne Wertz, 94, of Williamsport, passed away 9:45 pm Monday March 24, 2014 at Williamsport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Wertz was born January 23, 1920 in Veedersburg Indiana the son of Herschel Joseph and Lela Katherine (Keller) Wertz. He married Betty Lou Hoyt September 18, 1947 at the Williamsport United Methodist Church.
Surviving family include his wife, Betty Lou Wertz, Williamsport; a daughter, Jacqueline Dianne (Carl) Harper, Attica; three sons, Kenneth Wayne (Kathy) Wertz, Fremont IN; James Richard (Pat) Wertz, Williamsport IN; Robert Dean (Diane) Wertz, Williamsport IN; a sister, Maxine Stewart, Williamsport IN; seven grandchildren, Tonya Shimfessel, Brady Wertz, Barry (Kelly) Wertz, Brent Wertz, Melissa (Dan) Murray, Chris Wertz, Brody Maynard; six great grandchildren, Madison Shimfessel, Dalton Harper, Anthony Auten Harper, Zach Auten, Ian Murray, Kaid Murray, and one great great grandchild, Landon Auten.
He is preceded in death by two grandsons, Tony Harper & Adam Maynard and two sisters, Doris Pugh & Betty Millburg, and a brother Gerald Wertz.
Kenneth graduated from Williamsport High School in 1938 and served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army, stationed at Pearl Harbor. After his service in the Army he utilized the G.I. Bill and attended pilot school, becoming a licensed pilot. He was employed for 34 years as a walking mailman at the Williamsport Post Office, retiring in 1980. Kenneth enjoyed being outdoors and spent his spare time fishing, camping, mushroom hunting, and using his metal detector. He was a 50 member of the F. & A.M. Lodge in Pine Village, member of the National Letter Carriers Association where he was past president, and member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church.
Funeral service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday March 27, 2014 at Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport IN with Pastor Charles Anderson officiating. Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon Thursday and continue until the time of service at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow service at Highland Cemetery in Williamsport with military honors.