Longtime Kenai resident Neil L. Wirz died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 77.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in the McGahan Cemetery at Nikiski. Audrey Johnson will officiate at the service.
Mr. Wirz was born Sept. 27, 1922, at Santa Barbara, Calif. He graduated from Umqua Valley High School in Oregon. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. After his military service he worked as a logger in Oregon.
In 1947, he homesteaded in North Kenai. After moving to Alaska, he worked as a commercial fisherman and boat builder during the summers and as an electrical lineman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers during the winters. He retired in 1984. He had been a member of the IBEW since the early 1950s. He was a pilot and loved flying. He built several commercial fishing boats and was a wood craftsman.
The family said, "He was a devoted father and grandfather. He was also a faithful and loving husband. He will be deeply missed. He was a solid, ethical and moral man and a leader."
Mr. Wirz was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Clay Lundy; grandson, Jesse Dale Wirz; and sisters Verna Maynard and Ethel Carlson.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret, of Kenai; children, Penny Carty, Gary Wirz, Charmaine Lundy, Robert Wirz and Connie Wirz all of Kenai; grandchildren, Heather Sacman, Eric Carty, Lance Cpl. Calvin Lundy, Nicholas Wirz, Bert Lundy and Michael Wirz; great-grandson, Keegan Deny-Wirz; brother Kenneth C. Wirz of Kerby, Ore., and sisters Beverly Smith of Homer and Lillian Meadows of Anchorage.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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