Edward Alan Wurz, age 65 years of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 8:26 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 with family gathered around at the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana following an extended illness.
He was born on July 15, 1953 in Niles to C. Richard and Marilyn M. (Hubble) Wurz. He graduated from Niles High School in 1971, and earned an Associate’s degree from Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac. He served in the United States Navy, and was honorably discharged as a Veteran of the Viet Nam Era. He has been employed in the engineering office of the former Bendix Aerospace – now Honeywell International – for twenty-eight years.
Ed’s interest in engineering and technology was evident at home with creative and inventive solutions to various needs, home construction projects, and automobile repair. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and skeet shooting – usually at the Back Forty Sporting Clays in Bourbon, Indiana. As a young man, he played baseball, and later played softball, and most recently has enjoyed watching televised broadcasts of major league baseball games. His greatest joy was his family, taking his young children on day trips in the station wagon, going camping, and then loving his grandsons.
On July 21, 1973 in Niles he married the former Pamela Sue Inman with whom he celebrated last month the forty-fifth anniversary of their wedding.
Surviving family includes his wife, Pam Wurz and their children, Jenny (& Daniel) Aykroyd of Elgin, Illinois, Timothy A. Wurz of Niles and Anna (& Keith Matthews) Wurz of Cassopolis, Michigan; grandsons, Lucas Wurz, D. Alexander Aykroyd, Benjamin Wurz, and Brendan Aykroyd; Ed’s father, Richard Wurz of Niles; Ed’s siblings, Kay (& Jordan) Camenker of Winter Springs, Florida, Fay (& Richard) Appleget of Niles, W. Quinn (& Jayne) Wurz of South Bend, Indiana, Ava (& Rev. Martin, D.C.) Schmaltz of Florissant, Missouri, Tia (& Mike) Otman of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Wurz on March 4, 2005.
The funeral service for Ed Wurz will be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles with the Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Committal will be private, later at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.
The family will receive relatives and friends beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Ed may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, https://www.kidney.org. Online condolences may be left at: www.halbritterwickens.com
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