Albert B. Wurtz

Funeral services for Albert Benjamin Wurtz, 96, Eudora, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel in Eudora. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Eudora Cemetery. Albert passed away Monday, December 16, 2019, at his home.

Albert was born at home in Mound City, Kansas on April 18, 1923 to Benjamin Franklin and Viola May (Brandt) Wurtz. Albert was one of thirteen children; he began working at a young age to help provide for the family.

He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and stationed at Fort Leavenworth. In February of 1945 received order to go to Germany as a Medic. He and his brother, Willie went over on the same ship.

He married Rita Louisa Johnson on December 1, 1945 in Mound City, KS. She preceded him in death on July 30, 2007.

The families were members of Assembly of God Church in Eudora for many years. Albert also owned his own construction company.

Survivors include his two sons, Edwin Wurtz, Hollister, MO, Larry C. Wurtz, DeSoto, KS; daughter, Linda Holloway, Eudora; eight grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren.

The family will greet friends at 1:30 p.m. one hour prior to the service on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary Eudora Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

10 Condolences

  1. Loretta Wurtz Hillyard on December 17, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Uncle Albert loved the Lord with all his heart. He was a person that was loving and never met a stranger. Comforting to know that he is with the Lord and all of us love 1’s. Great man. You will be missed uncle Albert. Prayers for the family.

  2. Lisa Herschell on December 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    When I think of Albert I remember a kind, soft spoken man who loved the Lord with all his heart. His family meant everything and he loved spending time with Rita, children and grandchildren at the farm. My sympathy to Ed, Larry and Linda. I pray that just knowing your Dad is with his heavenly father and loved ones heals the pain in your heart.

  3. D.Page on December 18, 2019 at 6:50 am

    My thoughts & prayers are with the family. I enjoyed getting to know Al and it was an honor to help care for him. He was always smiling, telling jokes & laughing! Heaven has gained another angel!

  4. Robert Wurtz II on December 19, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Uncle Albert was like a patriarch to me. He loved the Lord and loved to talk about Him. He was a man of God. I recall him telling me of how he called out to the Lord in WWII and became a Christian. I cherish the many times he talked to me and encouraged me. He even sent personal messages to me that were from the Lord. He was a great blessing to our family over many decades based on stories I’ve been told. The Lord gave him 96 years. Wow. That is 46 more years older than I am. What a full life. He will be greatly missed but the impact of his life and the memories will live on.

  5. Joe & Donna Ketchum on December 19, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this sad time.

  6. Vince & Linda Weeks on December 19, 2019 at 9:49 am

    We were very sadden to hear of your fathers passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you all go through this difficult time.

  7. Cathy (Gilroy) Johnson on December 19, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Edwin, Larry, and Linda – I was saddened to hear that your father passed away. Thinking of you all and praying that you will find peace and comfort in your memories of him.

  8. Jerry Katzfey on December 24, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Albert was a great guy ! I had the honor of working along side of him when I was just starting out in the building trades. Albert took me under his wing and helped me in so many ways. He had so much knowledge and was always eager to share . He was a true craftsman !
    Rest in piece Albert.
    jJerry Katzfey

  9. Tiffany Blevins on April 12, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    I was saddened to see that Al has passed away. Thinking of Al’s family. He was a sweet and special man!

  10. Zachary Wurtz on August 11, 2021 at 5:11 am

    He told me alot stories of how he grew up in what life is different now then ever… stay humble of what you do in be smart at what you do in life… he was sure great strong great grandpa… I respect him and listened to his words of wisdom… start working hard and the future things will come in place even there’s battles of life stay strong and brave… He loved God as much his family…

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