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1968 John 2023

John James Wertz

February 24, 1968 — November 16, 2023



John James Wertz, 55, Altoona, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late William B., Sr. and Judy Jean Wertz.

He is survived by a daughter, Amber “Nikki” Williams of Altoona; a son, Justin James Wertz and wife Hatty of Altoona; grandchildren: Haley, Abby, Jarek James, Savannah, Jaise, Reiley and Jack; and siblings: William B. Wertz, Jr. (Brenda), Kevin Wertz, Sr. (Carmen), Pamela Wertz (Kristin) and Shaun Wertz (Lisa).

He was preceded in death by an uncle, Robert “Spike” Nail.

John retired as a sergeant in 2015 from the State Correctional Institution in Chester.

He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing, riding his motorcycle, playing Bingo with his daughter, was an avid Steelers fan and most importantly, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. They enjoyed playing games, going on adventures and playing Pokémon Go around town. One of his greatest joys was cooking meals for his family during the holidays.

He was a veteran of the US Army, with extended time in Panama.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on December 16, 2023 from 2 to 6 pm at the Bellwood Fire Hall, 399 S 1st Street, Bellwood 16617.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s honor to a veteran’s charity of choice.

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