SHELBY: Donald Gwirtz, age 81, of Shelby died October 18, 2013 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Born June 29, 1932 in Crestline, OH to Joe and Stella (Durnwald) Gwirtz, he had been a lifelong resident of the area. Donald had worked at the American Tower Company retiring in 1995 after 43 years of service.
Donald was an avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending time at their cottage and on their boat, he also liked woodworking and playing cards.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Birath) Gwirtz, whom he married August 29, 1953; son, Mike (Shelly) Gwirtz of Oneals, CA; daughter, Terri (Roger) Manns of Shelby and son, Ken (Sue) Gwirtz of North Lima; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons; one brother, Bob (Georgia) Gwirtz of Shelby.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Norman Gwirtz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday October 22, 2013 at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father James Sanford officiating. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home on Monday from 5:00-7:00 PM. Memorial expressions may be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or to the St. Mary School Endowment Fund.
On line condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com