John Randolph Wertz, 83 of Front Royal VA. passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held Saturday September 7th at 11:00 am at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church.
John was born July 25, 1936 in Roanoke VA and moved to Front Royal with his family when he was three. He was the son of the late Ernest Guy Wertz and Mary Jennings Wertz. John graduated from Warren County High in 1954 and from RMA as a Post Graduate in 1955.
John worked as a Rocket Test Engineer at Atlantic Research Corporation until 1974. He worked as a distributer for the The Washington Post until his retirement in 1987.
John loved all sports, especially baseball and football. He was an avid golfer and had two “Hole in Ones.” He coached Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion baseball teams for over 20 years. John coached the Jr. Varsity Football team of Mosby Academy as well as a midget football team, who both went undefeated during his 2 year tenure.
John was a member of the Front Royal Jaycees and received the “The Young Man of the Year” award. He helped build the “Wonder Building” at the Fair Grounds.
John was a member of the J.S. Mosby Camp and served as treasurer. Later in life, he volunteered at the F.R. Visitor’s Center telling stories of the History of Front Royal. For many years he was an Elder at the F.R. Presbyterian Church where he was chairman of the Building and Grounds.
John married Carolyn Kuser on November 11, 1955 and had three children. Karen “Candy” Wertz Lang, William Randolph “Randy” Wertz (Susie) and Lisa Wertz Owens (Dave). Seven Grandchildren Chris Lang ( Kristen), Chad Lang, Diane Wertz, Kevin Wertz (Brittany), Jessica Grigsby, David Owens (Angie), and Andrew Owens 14 Great grandchildren Kyleigh, Caelyn & Madisyn Lang, Dylan & Kyle Lang, Lexie Wood, Celia Kirk, Blake & Olivia Wertz, Ariana & Adrian Craig, Kaelyn, Damion & Corbin Owens.
He is survived by 3 brothers Harold Wertz, of Newport Port News, VA, Robert and “Butch” Wertz of Front Royal, VA and two sisters, Shirley Wertz Miller of Front Royal, VA, & “Cherry” Wertz Grimsley of Huntly, VA. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Mary Wertz Bosserman and Jean Wertz Stoddard and one brother, Curtis Wertz
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, September 6th at Maddox Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Front Royal Presbyterian Church 115 Luray Ave. Front Royal VA 22630 or E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School Library, 40 Crescent Street, Front Royal, VA 22630