Howard W. Bertz, 86, of Fond du Lac, died Saturday, August 10, 2013, at All About Life Rehabilitation Center, Fond du Lac.
He was born on July 1, 1927, in Fond du Lac, the son of William H. and Mabel E. Shortt Bertz. Howard graduated in 1945 from Fond du Lac Senior High School.
On September 11, 1948, he married Dolores J. Kurzynske at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac.
He was engaged in farming from his youth and established Pleasant Home Farms on the east side of Fond du Lac.
Howard was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. He was a charter member of the Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department, and served for over 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores; three children: Dr. Steven H. Bertz of Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Richard W. (Elizabeth) Bertz of St. Cloud, Deborah B. (Jeffrey) Fowler of Oconomowoc; five grandchildren: Benjamin S. (Lauren) Bertz of Asbury, New Jersey, Dr. Jeremiah W. Bertz of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jacob J. Fowler of Chicago, Illinois, Zachary W. Fowler of Chicago, Illinois, and Alexa E. Bertz of St. Cloud; a sister, Eileen E. (Dr. Robert) Enck of Kirkland, Washington; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be held at 12 :00 noon on Friday, August 16, 2013, at Salem United Methodist Church, 120 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, with Rev. Bill Beaton officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery.
The visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 31 E. Division St., Fond du Lac, and on Friday at church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.