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Obituary: Robert G. ‘Bob’ Wertz, Seymour

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Mr. Robert G. “Bob” Wertz, 85, of Seymour, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Seymour Crossing.

Bob was born June 5, 1928, in Flat Rock. He was the son of the late Paul “Curly” and Madge (nee Robertson) Wertz.

On July 26, 1958, in Shelbyville, he married Catherine Schoentrup, who survives in Seymour; she was the love of his life as well as his only true dance partner.

Survivors also include his son and daughter-in-law, David Gene and Julie Wertz; four grandchildren, David Paul Wertz, Meredith (Rusty) Wampler, Rachel (Dan) Jackson and Rebecca (Joe) Xayaveth; four great-grandchildren, Daegan Wampler, Avery Wampler, Mila Xayaveth and Evelyn Jackson; and by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Rita Wertz of Edinburgh.

Bob was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Seymour.

Bob was a 1946 graduate of Flat Rock High School and a U.S. Army veteran, where prior to discharge he served as librarian for Camp Atterbury.

Locally Bob, together with his wife, Catherine, owned the first pizza shop in Seymour called A Ring, A Bring. Many still called him “PM,” short for “Pizza Man.”

Bob was an agent with Commonwealth Insurance and was an accountant with Union Starch in Columbus. Bob retired after 28 years with J.C. Penney Co.

Bob had a special green thumb for rose gardening; many sought his advice on the proper husbandry of roses.

The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 315 S. Chestnut St., Seymour, by the Rev. Father Dan Staublin, with the assistance of Deacon Mike East. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Voss Funeral Home, 316 N. Chestnut St., Seymour. The rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Flat Rock Cemetery in Flat Rock, with military honors conducted by the VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Memorials may be written to St. Ambrose Catholic Church or for Masses to be offered for Bob, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service email at obits@vossfuneralservice.com.

A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.

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