Joseph John Wirtz (1947 - 2013)

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. - Mr. Joseph John Wirtz, 65, of Wake Forest, N.C., passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Boone, N.C. Born on October 23, 1947, in Fond Du Lac, Wis., he was a son of the late Ervin and Betty Keyes Wirtz. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam 1970-1971. He retired as Human Resource Director from Pitco Frialator, Bow, had his own HR consulting business, and was very active in related professional organizations in Concord and Manchester. He loved traveling, spending 10 years living and traveling with his wife and cats in their RV across the United States and Canada. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and supporter of Habit for Humanity.  He graduated from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona in 1969 and from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Wirtz; siblings, Mark Wirtz, Liz Wirtz Suprenand and husband Dan, Dan Wirtz and wife Christine, all of Fond Du Lac, Tim Wirtz and wife Cindy of Watonga, Okla., and Mary Wirtz Skinner and husband Mike of Heath, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Amy Collett and husband, Chad, Missy Late and husband, Travis, Kelly Stauffacher and husband, Kent, Tiffany Wirtz, Holly Minion and husband, Andrew, and Tammy Skinner; sisters-in-law, Bernadine Tompkins, Jean Critchlow, Joan Parrish and Laureen Ipsen; one aunt, Edna Smith; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to RV Care-A-Vanners, Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498.

Online condolences may be shared with the Wirtz family at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory of Boone, N.C., is serving the Wirtz family.
Published in The Concord Monitor on May 23, 2013