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Herman J. Wirtz

04/28/1926 - 09/27/2019

Herman J. Wirtz, 93, passed away peacefully, with his children by his side on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Heritage Manor in Chisholm.  A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Herman J. Wirtz, a life long resident of Cloverdale, will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Cloverdale Town Hall, 16470 County Road 8 (North of Nashwauk). Pastor Jack Tillotson will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by the Mid-Range Honor Guard. Interment will be in the spring at the Nashwauk Cemetery. Refreshments will be served.  Please join with family and friends to honor and remember Herman; who was a great husband, father, grandfather and neighbor.  He will be greatly missed by so many. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Herman Joseph Wirtz was born at home on April 28, 1926, in Itasca County, MN, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Hansen) Wirtz. Herman was raised north of Nashwauk and lived his entire life in that community. He served in the Navy during World War II. Herman met Ruth in California during his time in the service and moved back to Minnesota where the two were married for 72 years. He worked for 30 years at MA Hanna and retired at the age of 47 to continue farming. First, milking dairy cows and then converting to beef cattle. He knew all of his herd by name. The couple’s love of hunting and fishing took them to many destinations. Many big-game trophies of various species hung on their walls. Their garden was envied by all and was shared with many. Herman’s tomatoes were his pride and joy. He loved picking berries and foraging; much of which were made into his multitude of desserts. Herman loved his sweets.

Herman spent many hours with his family, friends, and grandchildren. Friends were always welcome for coffee and desserts. At the nursing home, he continued his love of coffee and cake time with his new friends, catered by Joan Wirtz.

Herman is survived by his children, Linda Bartels, Craig (Joan) Wirtz, and Joseph Wirtz; grandchildren, Arleen VanRiper, Anjeanette (JR) Buckley, Eric (Wendy) Bartels, Ann (Rob) Wanvig, Amy Merrick, Lisa (Lonny) Cappo, Nicole (Gerald) Snider, and Aaron (Melissa) Wirtz; 19 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Katherine Forsberg.

He was preceded in death by his spouse of 72 years, Ruth Wirtz; grandson, Ricky Wirtz; three brothers; and one sister.

3 thoughts on “Herman J. Wirtz”

  1. Vickie Woody says:

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family at this time. So very sorry to hear about Herman. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

  2. Rick and Michelle Halverson says:

    Our sympathies to you all for the loss of such a great man.

  3. HELEN SCOTT says:

    Herman was a great neighbor. I remember growing up when Herman honked the horn if he saw me outside. He will be missed by many. We are in California and not able to attend. Love to everyone. Helen Yuhala Scott

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Saturday 11-23-2019 at 2:00 PM
Cloverdale Town Hall 16470 County Road 8 Nashwauk, MN