Wilfred "Doc" Wurth, 103, of Remsen, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Wilfred "Doc" Wurth was born Dec. 23, 1899, at Paducah, Ky., the son of Stephen and Catherine (Englert) Wurth. Doc was raised and educated in St. John's community of Paducah. He left Paducah in 1921 and worked in Detroit, Mich., for General Motors. He and three of his cousins later worked for farmers in South Dakota until settling in the Remsen area in the late 1920s.
On Jan. 5, 1942, he married Mary Dora Ruden at Remsen. They farmed near Remsen until retiring and moving into Remsen in December 1969. Mary died June 8, 1985.
Doc was a very humble man with a kind spirit. He enjoyed gardening and donating produce to the convent and the nursing home. He was very happy that he could be in his own home and attend daily mass until May 1999 when he entered Park Place Estates in Le Mars. Doc truly enjoyed his Park Place family and had many fond memories of his life there.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Remsen, Knights of Columbus and Modern Woodmen of America.
Survivors include one son, Dan and his wife, Peg of Sioux City; four grandchildren, Russell and his wife, Georjeana, of Frederick, Colo., Darla and her husband, Jeff Swanson, of Cedar Park, Texas, Kevin of Golden, Colo., and Doug of Ames; and one great-grandson, Daniel George Wurth of Frederick, Colo.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Judy; four brothers, Ernie when a young child, Ivo, Paschal "Shorty" and Dennis; two sisters, Flora Wurth and Sister Mary Catherine of the order of Sisters of Mercy.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Remsen. Friends may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Tuesday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary at 8 p.m. by the Knights of Columbus, all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Russell Wurth, Kevin Wurth, Doug Wurth, Jeff Swanson, Rich Ruden and Clarence Willett. Knights of Columbus honorary bearers will be Anthony Delperdang, Donald Delperdang, Duane Majeres, Cyril Theisen, Gene Wurth and Milton Wurth.