Richard A. "Rich" Wertz, 78, of Pine Grove, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born in Ravine, May 22, 1935, he was a son of the late Elmer and Elsie Harvey Wertz.
Rich was a graduate of Pine Grove High School.
He was employed as a mechanic for the former Gold Mills in Pine Grove, had worked as a nurses aide at Lebanon VA Medical Center and had been a bus driver for Jeck's Service Station.
He spent seven years in the Army National Guard and served with Battery D, 3rd AW Battalion 213th Artillery, with a specialty as a squad leader.
Rich was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Pine Grove, where he served on the church council, helped with the Youth Group, was instrumental in starting the Stewart Zerbe Memorial Scholarship Fund and was the administrator of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Bible School. He was active in the Pine Grove Council of Churches.
He was a member of the Pine Grove Masonic Lodge No. 409 F&AM, where he had been a stewart. He was a former member and past president of the Pine Grove Lions Club. Rich was an active member of the Pine Grove American Legion Post 374 and a social member of the Pine Grove VFW.
A brother, Harvey E. Wertz, preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Anna I. Gilbert Wertz; a son, Dean and his wife, Wanda Wertz; a daughter, Missy, wife of Jerry Witherow, both of Pine Grove; four granddaughters, Jennifer Peters, Heather Legarht, Amy Zimmerman and Jessica Geary; a grandson, Jeremy Witherow; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ida Schach, Schuylkill Haven.
Masonic services followed by Celebration of Life services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with Dr. Richard Schoenleber officiating. The family would prefer, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to St. Peter's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 312 S. Tulpehocken St., Pine Grove, PA 17963, in his memory. H.L. Snyder Funeral Home Inc., Pine Grove, was in charge of arrangements.
Published in News Item on Feb. 27, 2014
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