William H. "Dick" Wertz

June 20, 1939September 14, 2013

William H. “Dick” Wertz, 74 of Louisville passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013.

He was born June 20, 1939 in Harrisburg, PA, the son of Daniel W. and Mary N. Wertz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Delores Wertz; and one sister, Carol Drenchko.

Dick is a retired Communications Engineer for AT&T and was a past Assistant Chief of the Anchorage Fire Department. He was a United States Air Force Veteran and a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, VFW Post and the American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, William Daryl Wertz (Marilena) and Michael Darren Wertz (Amy); his grandchildren, Jacob, Shelby, Lydia and Sophia; two sisters, Grace Haddox (Bob) and Sylvia Wanto.

The family wishes to extend a special Thank You to his caregivers, Melinda and Skyler and also to his special friends and neighbors, Gary, Debbie and Mike.

A Mass to celebrate his life will be conducted at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 7813 Shelbyville Rd. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 PM on Tuesday at Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Rd. The rosary will be recited at 7 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be given to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Family and friends may sign his guestbook and leave memories at


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 17, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Mass Wednesday, September 18, 2013

William H. "Dick" Wertz

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Rick Albers

September 18, 2013

Dick was a fine man with integrity. He brought a lot to Anchorage Fire/EMS. He was a fine officer. It was a pleasure to serve with him. RIP Dick.

Larry Heaphy

September 17, 2013

Lt.Col Wertz (Ret)
After working under your command at Anchorage Fire & EMS for many years I found you to always be caring, compassionate, and professional about your job. You spoke highly of your friends and family and of their achievements. As a leader you assisted all of us through thick and thin and managed to remain positive. The good lord has found another great man to carry on his deeds. Rest in peace my old friend. God Speed.

Elizabeth Bryant

September 17, 2013

I am so happy that my wonderful nieces had him for a Grandfather. He was a great person, good father and a wonderful grandfather. My deepest sympathy goes out to Mike, Amy, the girls and rest of the family. He will be missed!

Eddie Webb

September 17, 2013

RIP Lt Colonel Wertz, it was an honor getting to serve with you. Prayers and thoughts go out to your family.

Arthur Cash

September 16, 2013

It was an honor to serve with Lt. Col. Dick Wertz at Anchorage, God's speed to you

Deborah Ernst

September 16, 2013

My deepest sympathy of father & grandfather. It was a honor & pleasure of knowing your father but only for a short time. I also care for him some. I learn lot from him . About the wars planes
and his time with the fire house. But he never forgot to mention about his wife and his family. How much he love them proud of them. But now he in no pain but he had touch many lives with good memories and thanks with the service he gave for freedom and second chance from fires. Dick you will be miss.

Rich St.Clair

September 16, 2013

I was a wet behind the ears kid when I met Lt. Colonel Wertz. Dick guided me and mentored me in the fire service. His words of wisdom are evident today in the man I've become. Thank you for your many years of service and for helping me find my career. Rest in peace my friend.

Joseph Frith

September 16, 2013

Rest in Peace Lt. Colonel Dick Wertz. Your attention to detail and dedication to the cause was always inspiring. You were a key player in the advancements in operations, services and the direction that are now seen in the excellence that the Anchorage Fire and EMS system provides. You touched more individuals that can be counted but none more than me. You were a great leader and a great friend, and thank you for being my Assistant Chief for all those years.

Brian Palmersheim

September 16, 2013

God Speed Mr. Wertz! Thank you for your service and sacrifice to this great nation. To the family, I share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence.

Elizabeth "Buffy" Gerhart-Thompson

September 16, 2013

My father was on the Anchorage VFD under Dick's leadership and I remember fondly spending days up at the station with the guys during the Crusade for Children. He was a calm, authoritative man who was tasked with the unfortunate job of letting my family know when I had been in a grave accident about 20 years ago. His actions and words kept things calm in what could have been a very chaotic moment in a family's history. I am eternally grateful for Dick Wertz. I extend my heartfelt thanks to his family for sharing him with us in Anchorage, and my deepest condolences to all.