George Ronald Wertz

December 8, 1942October 7, 2019

Beloved father, brother and grandfather George Ronald Wertz, Sr. peacefully passed on October 7. Born in 1942 in Greeneville, TN, he was the son of James Luther and Ehrlene Sheely Wertz and husband of Elizabeth Reese Wertz.

A US-Army veteran who served in Vietnam, Ronnie was also a longtime director at the SC Department of Transportation and a deeply dedicated member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church; in 1995 he received the SC Lutheran Men in Mission “Distinguished Service Award,” and he served on the SC Lutheran Synod Council from 2009 to 2012.

A soft-spoken gentleman with a dry sense of humor, a smooth soft shoe, and a passion for golf and crossword puzzles, he’s survived by his brother, James Wertz of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Lisa Wertz of Charleston, SC; sons, Greg Wertz of Culver City, CA, and Colie Wertz of Mill Valley, CA; and granddaughter, Viva Wertz of Mill Valley, CA.

Ronnie’s memorial service and burial will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, is assisting the family.

Memorials may be made to the MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29425 (please include “Parkinson’s – George Wertz” in the memo), or you can donate online at (select “Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders”).


20 October

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

10000 Broad River Road
Irmo, South Carolina 29063


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Rosemary Hartis

October 14, 2019

Sincere and loving thoughts on the passing of Ron. He surely will be missed. Ron was a wonderful and caring friend. Such a gentleman like Ron are few and far between.

Jan & Jimmy Sheely

October 14, 2019

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Michael Utsey

October 13, 2019

A true gentleman. I always looked forward seeing Ron. A real "highway man".


Alisan Myers

October 12, 2019

Mr. Ron i'am so happy that i had the chance getting to know you and your family. I'm glad i was able to be one of your CNA's that took care of you, my best moments were when you would talk about old stories and dance with us when we would play music. But the best was that smile you were one cool guy.. You will be miss so take your rest you are free from all pain and your in the best care ever, with our havenly father Ally...To lisa and the family thank you for sharing your dad...

Herman and Betty Snyder

October 12, 2019

A great friend who will be truly missed.

Consquella Roper

October 10, 2019

Thank you for all the many laughs ..Thank you to Lisa and her brothers for allowing me to be a care taker to thier dad..My condolences to the family..

Consquella Roper and family

Gayle Kotti

October 9, 2019

My sweet Uncle Ronnie, I'm so sad you are gone now. You were the most loving and kind uncle in the world, and I loved you very much. Rest well with your Bethy Boo.