Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
February 9, 2009
Pauline L. "Paulie" Wertz, 82, Shelbyville died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, Major Hospital.
Born Aug. 18, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of  Chester and Grace (Leeds) Cummings.
Married  Homer "Bud" Wertz Jr.  on Aug. 14, 1948, in Hanover, and he survives.
Survivors include sons,  Terry Wertz  (wife, Phyllis) of Mooresville, N.C., and  Greg Wertz  (wife, Traci) of Mooresville, Ind.; a daughter,  Belinda Fairchild  (husband, Nick) of Shelbyville; a sister,  Emily Briggs  (companion, Ken Foulke); grandchildren  Chris Wertz  (wife, Nicole),  Danielle Wertz,  Nicholas Cooper,  Monica Cooper,  Garrett Wertz  and  Seth Wertz; and a great-granddaughter,  Tiffany Wertz.
Preceded in death by her parents; brothers,  Chester Cummings  and  Roy Cummings;  and a sister,  Eleanor Charlton.
Graduated from Hanover College in 1948. 
Retired from teaching after 32 years, the last 16 years at Shelbyville Central Schools.
Active member of First Presbyterian Church; served as the first female deacon.  Member of Alpha Delta Pi and Delta Kappa Gamma sororities and Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 73 .
Avid Bobby Knight fan and followed his career through Indiana University and Texas Tech.  Loved the Colts and the Shelbyville Golden Bears.  Enjoyed traveling, dancing and music.  Very vocal supporter and sideline coach for all of her grandchildren's athletic and academic events.
First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Mark Morningstar officiating.
Burial:   Forest Hill Cemetery.
Carmony-Ewing Chapel of Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St.
Contributions:  Abiding Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 124 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville IN 46176.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
October 10, 2008
Jerry D. "Perk" Wertz, 70, of Edinburgh died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility, Columbus.
Born March 3, 1938, in Shelby County, s/o  Roy and Mary (VanScyoc) Wertz.
Survivors:  sister, Inez Snyder of Zionsville;  nieces,  Jane Hurd,  Kim Rogers  and  Beth Rogers;  nephews,  Barry Klopstad,  Greg Klopstad  and  Brent Gilmartin; and several special friends that became his care givers.
Preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Auto mechanic and Southwestern Shelby County farmer.  Known in central Indiana as a sprint car mechanic.
Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St., with the Revs. John Lucas and Bryan Trotter officiating.
Burial:  Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Shelby County, 110 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, August 14, 1973
County Native, 90, dies in Greenfield
Mrs. Inez Mitchell Wertz, 90, Greenfield, died Monday, Greenfield.
Born in Shelby County Feb. 10, 1883, and had lived in Greenfield since 1962.  Widow of  Frank Wertz.
Only survivor is a niece, Mrs. Vera Young, Shelbyville.
Pasco Memorial Mortuary in Greenfield.  Burial Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis."
Submitted by Don T. Mitchell, great great great nephew of  Hardin D. Mitchell, father of Inez (Mitchell) Wertz.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, September 2, 1944
Rite for Shelby County Na-
tive to Be Monday
          Daniel Wertz,  80, a native of Shelby county, died at his home in Evansville Thursday evening.  Death was caused by uremis.  Mr. Wertz was born in Jackson township on January 1, 1864, the son of   Mathias and  Mary Wertz.  He was preceded in death by Mrs. Wertz and four children survive with four brothers,  Walter and  George Wertz,  both of Jackson township;  Charles Wertz,  of Columbus, and  Jesse Wertz,  of Edinburg.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Monday at 2:00 p.m. and burial will be in Evansville.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Tuesday, July 5, 1921
Page 1
Will Arrive in New York City July 15 -- 
Military Funeral and Burial.
         Floyd Wertz, of this city, has received a telegram from the government that the body of his brother, Corp. Ralph Wertz, who was killed while in action on the front lines in France during the world war, will arrive in New York City, July 15, three years after the day he gave his life on the field of battle.  The body will be shipped here and taken to the home of Floyd Wertz, 637 south Harrison street, where it will rest until the hour of the funeral to be held at one of the local churches from where it will be taken to the St. George church, south of Mt. Auburn; for short services and buried.
          Corp. Wertz was one of Shelbyville's splendid young men with a promising future.  He was engaged in the grocery business and was a partner in the firm known as Collins & Wertz.  When the war was reaching its highest and it was seen his services were needed, Corp. Wertz, in company with  Robert Wray, went to Indianapolis, where the two enlisted, in the motor mechanics, Dec. 13, 1917, and were sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky.  Corp. Wertz was changed to a camp at Augusta, Ga., where he was transferred to the infantry, third division.  Seven months after his enlistment, Corp. Wertz died a soldier's death on the field of battle with his close friend, Lieut. Miner, of Shelbyville, Ill., at his side.
          The return of the body to this county for burial again brings back the debt we owe to the young men who paid the supreme sacrifice that the humanitarian cause would be won.  Shelby county should again turn out in large numbers for the funeral service and how in reverence when the casket containing the heroe's body passes by.
          Victory Post No. 70, American Legion, of this city, will have charge of the military funeral and effort he made to be able to carry his body to the resting place in true military style, becoming of a hero.
          Surviving Corp. Wertz are the father, Philo Wertz;  brothers,  Floyd  and  Homer, and sister,  Mrs. Earl McCarty.  Ralph was a member of Shelby lodge, No. 28, Free and Accepted Masons.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, November 2, 1918
Wounds in Side and Leg Caused
Wertz' Death.
          Phil Wertz,  of  Corporal Ralph Wertz,  of this city, who was killed in action in France recently, received a letter Sunday from  Lieutenant Lester Miner,  in charge of the platoon to which Corporal Wertz was assigned.  The ltter told of the young man's injury, and praised him highly for his duty as a soldier.
          Lieutenant Miner was wounded shortly after Corporal Westz had been struuck.  The letter stated that both were hurt on Monday morning, July 15.  The Lieutenant met the corporal in a dressing station behind the lines, Corporal Wertz had been struck by shrapnel in the leg and side and was very weak from loss of blood.
          "He was conscious," the lieutenant wrote, "and when I asked him if I could do anything for him he said 'No.'  He died shortly afterward."
          The Lieutenant added that "no one ever worried about the safety of an outpost if Corporal Wertz was in charge."
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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