Henry Secondo Portz (1942 - 2017)

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Henry Secondo Portz, 74, of Ramsey, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Heritage Manor in Pana.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Elmo, with Rev. Marek officiating. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. Memorials: Ramsey Senior Meals on Wheels. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Mr. Portz was born on May 13, 1942, in Avena, the son of William and Clara (Buff) Portz.
Henry's livelihood was raising grain crops and tending his cattle. He was proud to have worked for more than 30 years as a State Park Ranger and retired from Ramsey Lake State Park. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ramsey and Knights of Columbus, and served on the Carson Township Board for many years. He was an avid ice fisherman and St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini fan.
He is survived by sons, Carl Portz and his wife Lori of Effingham, and Eric Portz and his wife Susan of Springfield; daughters, Amy Portz and her husband Martin Dull of Mahomet, and Sara and her husband Jason Berg of Vandalia; sister, Mary and her husband Ronald Howard of Avena; grandchildren, Elizabeth and her husband Jonathon Rodgers, Thaddeus Portz and his wife Ashley, Katelin Portz, Josie Portz, Benjamin Portz, Grace Portz, Luke Portz, Maximilian Portz, Grant Wingo, Jack Wingo, Stephen Berg, Julianna Berg, Landon Berg and Liam Berg; and great-grandchildren, Oliver, Lillian, Daisy and one great-grandbaby on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elmer Portz.
The family of Henry Portz would like to send a special thanks to the staff and nurses at Heritage Healthcare for giving such special care to their father and to Heather Long and Debbie Evans for their care which allowed him to remain at home on his farm for many years, where he loved to be.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Feb. 5 to Feb. 15, 2017