Jason R. Puetz, 26, of Le Mars, was pronounced dead on arrival Saturday July 17, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, from injuries sustained in an automobile-tractor accident.
Jason Robert Puetz was born Oct. 12, 1977, in Le Mars, the son of Bob and Lisa (Dreckman) Puetz. He was raised in Le Mars and graduated from Gehlen Catholic High School in 1996. He attended Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City and received a degree in landscape design in 1998. Jason married Holly Herbst on Sept. 22, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Following their marriage, the couple lived in rural Merrill. Jason was employed as the superintendent of Prairie Rose Golf Club in Brunsville from 1998 until January 2004. In October of 2003, Jason and Holly moved to Le Mars and he had worked with his father since January of this year.
Jason was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, a 3rd Degree member of Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council #1466, the Le Mars Sportsman's Club, and Pheasants Forever.
Jason's favorite pastimes included hunting, golfing, and trap shooting. He also took great pride in his work with landscaping, horticulture, and general lawn care.
Survivors include his wife, Holly of Le Mars; his parents, Bob and Lisa Puetz of Le Mars; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Darwin and Susann Herbst of rural Merrill; three brothers, Brad Puetz and his wife, Carrie of Sioux City, Tod Puetz of Des Moines, and Cory Puetz of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a sister, Erin Puetz of Le Mars; a sister-in-law, Gwendy Lahrs and her husband, Ryan of rural Merrill; paternal grandparents Evon "Gus" and Ann Puetz of Le Mars; and many cousins and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Kevin Richter as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Le Mars. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m., a vigil service at 7 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m., all at the church.
Pallbearers will be Brad Puetz, Tod Puetz, Cory Puetz, Ryan Lahrs, Bryan Dreckman, Mark Schuttler, Vince Oordt, and Nick Dreckman.
Erin Puetz is a honorary pallbearer.
Jason would request that the dress code for his visitation and funeral be casual slacks or pants and a polo shirt.
Arrangements are being handled by the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.