FRANKFORT — John “Cowboy” Wurtz, 74, of Glendale Colony, Frankfort, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Glendale Colony. His final resting place will be in the Glendale Cemetery.
John “Cowboy” Wurtz was born September 7, 1942, at the Bon Homme Colony of Manitoba, Canada to John and Maria (Gross) Wurtz. At the age of seven, he moved to Glendale Colony in South Dakota.
He was united in marriage to Tillie Hofer of Spink Colony February 20, 1966. He was a “Cowboy” for 20 years and then a truck driver until he was diagnosed with cancer, which he fought patiently for ten years. He still loved life and was a kind, gentle soul who was always willing to help, and everything he did was with a full heart. He was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa.
He is survived by his wife, Tillie; children, Matilda (Zacky) Waldner, and Larry (Melissa) Wurtz both of Glendale Colony, David (Sherry) Wurtz of Jasper, Minn., Alvin (Jeneva) Wurtz, and Rose Marie both of Glendale Colony, Johnny Stanley (Michelle) Wurtz of Lacrosse, Wisc.; 16 grandchildren: three great-grandchildren; siblings, Fred (Maryann) Wurtz of Camrose Colony, Davy (Molly) Wurtz of Watertown, Peter (Mary) Wurtz of Fla.; Andrew (Sherry) Wurtz of Redfield, (Valentine) Maria of Spring Prairie Colony, (Mike) Margaret of Greenwood, (John) Clara of Camrose Colony; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Paul and Albert; and his sisters, Sarah and Kathrina.
Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.