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John R. Wurst
September 17, 1936–April 28, 2009
John R. Wurst, 72, of Onslow, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church, Wyoming, with the Rev. Bob Wessels officiating.
Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa, with military honors accorded by the American Legion Wyoming Post 259. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming.
John was born September 17, 1936 in Anamosa, Iowa, son of Carl and Frances (Buchholtz) Wurtz. He graduated from Wyoming High School and was crowned homecoming king in 1954. John married Betty Bahnsen on December 28, 1956 at Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. He started farming in 1957 in Jones County, in the Wyoming area, retiring in 2003.
John was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council for 12 years. He served on the Wyoming Fair Board for 6 years, the Senior Housing Board where he served as president for several years, and the Midland School Board for 6 years. He was president of the Wyoming Cemetery Board. John helped start the Little Bear Country Club and enjoyed bowling, fishing and tractor rides.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Wurst of Onslow; two children, Lorie (Kevin) Dunne of Wyoming and Cliff (Sonia) Wurst of LaVerne, California; four grandchildren, Haley, Ryan, Chloe and Aubree; and one brother, Harold (Evonne) Wurst of Marion, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 1 May 2009

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