Donnie F. Wurtz

Born: Tue., Dec. 23, 1930
Died: Mon., Aug. 30, 2010

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Donnie F. "Don" Wurtz - a resident of Pendleton, died on Monday, August 30, 2010 at his home. He was 79 years old. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 3, 2010 at the First Church of God in Pendleton. Contributions in memory of Don may be made to St. Anthony Hospice, or to a charity of the donor's choice, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook and send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Don was born on December 23, 1930 in Covina, California to Fred and Ida Oldham Wurtz. He was raised in San Dimas, California, where he attended San Dimas Grammar School, and Bonita High School. Don then enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served as an Airman during World War II, and the Korean Conflict. Don married Margaret Ellen Stiverson on May 25, 1952 in Leavenworth, Kansas. He was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force in 1953. After Don's discharge, the family resided in San Dimas, California, where Don worked for Taylor Fiber as a machinist. He then was employed at Aero Jet General as a research and development representative from 1959-1962. In 1962 he began working for the Los Angeles Road Department as a mechanic. Mr. and Mrs. Wurtz moved the family to Pendleton in 1967, where Don worked as a mechanic/service manager and also in sales at Farm Equipment Headquarters for nine years. In 1976, he went to work for Caterpillar. He worked in the sales department there until 1987, and from 1991 until 1996 he was the service manager. Mr. Wurtz was a member of the Model A Ford Club of America, as well as the Blue Mountain Model A Club. His hobbies included building, repairing and driving Model A's and Model T's. He also did Stained Glass work.. He enjoyed going to car shows, camping, fishing and keeping up with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Margaret Wurtz at the home in Pendleton, his children; Thomas & Julie Wurtz of Pendleton, Donna and Robin Scofield of Pendleton, OR, and Janice & Michael Kilkenny of The Dalles, OR, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, as well as many many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Fred and Ida Wurtz, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Jamie Scofield
   Posted Tue August 31, 2010
You will be greatly missed, Grandpa.

Teri Williamson
   Posted Wed September 01, 2010
A wonderful man who touched many lives and will live forever in the hearts and memories of all his family and friends. I was blessed to have known him and have him be a part of my life.

Greek Miller
   Posted Wed September 01, 2010
Maggie, Donna, Janice and Tom,you know our hearts are with you. I would give anything to be out there with all of you. We love you all.

Jody, Ty, Devynn & Alec
   Posted Wed September 01, 2010
We love you Grandpa!!!

Judy Cardin
   Posted Wed September 01, 2010
What an honest, steadfast man our Donnie was. I haven't seen him in many years but got to talk on the phone with him several times. I was always amazed that the years just fell away and it was like we were sitting across the table from each other again. Donnie always told you the truth and that never changed. Our families have many wonderful memories together when we all lived in California with Dad and Donnie alwys in the garage working on their cars. My heart aches for Maggie and the kids because the loss will be tremendous. Just know he is resting peacefully now. I love you all.

Joan & Bud Peck
   Posted Wed September 01, 2010
Hi Maggie & Family, We send our love as you mourn the loss of Don. We are here for you if you need us for anything. Love, Bud & Joan

Bill & Becky Schaad
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
It has been such a blessing knowing Don all these years. He was a very special person and meant so much to us, we loved him like family. God Bless all of his family. You are all in our thoughts, and Margaret you are very special too.

Sue Leamon
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
May the Lord comfort you and your family at this sad time. Donnie and I were cousins but rarely saw one another. I was proud to have been named after his mother. May God's love and promises sustain you in the days to come.

Scott Waggoner and family
   Posted Thu September 02, 2010
Donnie, the "original Hotrodder" I did some welding for Don a few years ago on his Model A. The rear end/suspension was ripped out, he let Tommy drive it. When he came to pick it up it was the first time my wife had met him. He left the driveway sideways banging gears. My wife said "I can't believe that old guy drives like that?" I said "I never known him to drive any different!" Godspeed the "Original Hotrodder" and my condolences to the family. Respectfully, the Waggoner family.

Brenda Schaad-Pridemore
   Posted Sun September 05, 2010
We wish you blessings through this hard time. I remember all of the potlucks at your house the folks would bring Brian and I to. We were always welcome as kids to hang out with the adults and play in the yard. It didn't feel like we were a bother or in the way. You and Don made us feel very welcome & I'll always remember that! We will have you in our thoughts and prayers, with love, the Pridemore's

Eric, Kathi, Jennifer, & Jill
   Posted Mon September 06, 2010
Dearest Maggie, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Todd Tennant
   Posted Wed September 08, 2010
Widow Wurtz, Tom and Family I just returned from South Dakota from laying my father to rest very unexpectedly only to find out one of my favorite people in Pendleton has passed. My heart goes out to all of you in the huge loss of a wonderful man. Don will be missed by many!!! My condolences.

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