Charley Wertz, Frank W. Wertz, 9 North 49 West
Funeral services for Edward Grant Wertz of Fleming will be conducted Wednesday from the Fleming Assembly of God Church, the Rev. Larry D. Kettle of ficiating. Burial will follow in the Fleming cemetery.
Mr. Wertz, 95, died Saturday, June 2, 1990 at a Haxtun nursing home.
He was born Feb. 20, 1895, in Blockton, Iowa, the son of Charley and Olive Goff Wertz, worked on a farm in Missouri where he received his education, then worked on farms in South Dakota, before moving to the Fleming area in 1914, where he married Inez Madora Fulford, Nov. 28. 1916, at the home of her parents.
The couple farmed south of Fleming for several years, then operated a custom corn shelling business and farmed in the 1930s and in the 1940s Mr. Wertz did custom wheat harvesting in Kansas and Colorado, later expanding into a trucking business that he operated for several years.They retired from farming operations in 1962 and moved into Fleming.
Mrs. Wertz died March 22, 1965, and Mr. Wertz later married Iva Price. She died in 1975.
Mr. Wertz served a mayor of Fleming for four years.
He was a charter member of the Fleming Assembly of God Church, which was started in 1932 and in 1898 he received an award for 56 years of ministry in the church.
Mr. Wertz is survived by two sons, Kenneth E. Wertz of Grand Island, Neb., and R. Wayne Wertz of Fleming. three daughters, Arnola Fetzer of Fleming, Shirley Pettes and Carol Stephens, both of Denver; a brother, Murle Wertz of Salt Lake City, Utah; a sister, Mildred Kidwell of Colorado Springs; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Virginia I. (Irene) Barden Wertz, 65, of Fleming, Co.,died Monday, November 3,1997, at home with her family by her side following a one year bout with cancer. Memorials may he made to LHS Home & Community Care Hospice.
Mrs. Wertz was born August 18, 1932, to Ivan E. and Margaret Haney Barden in Sedgwick County on a farm ten miles south of Sedgwick, Colorado.
In 1934, Mrs. Wertz moved with her parents to Hanna, Wyo., to stake a homestead. Several months later, the family moved hack to the Haxtun community and then to Fleming. Mrs. Wertz attended Fleming, McGinley (at Proctor), and Iliff Elementary Schools, and graduated from Sterling High School in 1950.
Mrs. Wertz then moved to Denver Co., attended Rockmont Bible College and worked for Denham Finance until her marriage to R. Wayne Wertz, Oct., 7, 1951 at Iliff Co. The couple moved to Roswell, N. M., where Mr. Wertz was stationed with the U.S.A.F., and remained there until discharged in 1954. Mrs. Wertz worked as a cashier/receptionist for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph while at Roswell.
Returning to Fleming, Mr. Wertz continued his trucking and farming operation. Mrs. Wertz was Wertz Grain Co. bookkeeper for ten years and retired from the State of Colorado Employment Service in 1991, after 22 years of service.
Mrs. Wertz was a member of the Fleming Assembly of God Church and served many years as a Sunday School Secretary, pianist, and organist. She was also a member of the Women's Ministries in the church.
Mrs. Wertz was active in CASCD Soil Conservation Auxiliary, holding both State and Regional offices and assisting the local South Platte SCD in various endeavors. Mrs. Wertz was recipient of the 1986 CASCD Woman of the Year Award, and the 1989 CASCD Distinguished Service Award.
Mrs. Wertz had many hobbies she enjoyed. Being a homemaker and mother were first, with sewing, gardening, music and cooking as other interests. She was a women of great compassion and caring for others as she shared flowers from her garden, sent a card of support, gave a needed hug or shared a word of encourage ment with those around her.
Mrs. Wertz is survived by her husband, Wayne; daughters Cynthia and husband Rod Heaston of Bloomfield, N. M., Shareen and husband Tim Dack of New Raymer, Co., Sheila and husband Bob Enriquez of Folsom, Ca.; grandchildren John Rosacker, Matthew Heaston, Collette, Jennifer and Tony Sweet, Rhianon Peterson, Taylor Enriquez; brother Leland Barden and wife Beverly; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Ivan Barden; brother, Wendell Barden; and niece, Lucinda Barden.
Services will be at 10 am. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Fleming Assembly of God Church.