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A Mass of Christian Burial for John Joseph Wurtz, Sr., age 92, of Walker St., Holly Hill, will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach with Rev. Father Phil Egitto as celebrant. Interment will follow with military honors being rendered by the VFW. Mr. Wurtz was born in Tiffin, Ohio and moved to this area in 1970 from Sanford, FL. John was one of the last U.S. Navy survivors of the attack at Pearl Harbor. He helped many men during and after the attack. After 20 years of service, John retired as chief petty officer and had been stationed at Okinawa, Japan and Esperito Santos, Singapore. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assoc., a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 1590 and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. John had volunteered at Halifax Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes store. In lieu of other remembrances the family suggests donations be made to the Halifax Humane Society, 2364 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Ann Charlotte; a son, John Jr. - Waterville, Ohio; his caregiver, Dee Hardeman; his Shih tzu, Garnet and his beloved cat - Sparkle. Condolences may be shared at www.dalewoodwardfuneralhomes.com.


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2011
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