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Jerry C. Stirtz - March 16, 2013


Jerry C. Stirtz, 79 years of age from Minden, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Jerry was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Wayne to C. Clifford and Wildon E. (Hammitt) Stirtz.
He grew up in the Wayne area and graduated from Wayne High School in 1951.
Jerry attended Wayne State College, then the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), and in 1957 graduated from UNL College of Law.
In 1954 he married Geraldine E. Buehner in Wakefield. They were blessed with three sons, Bradley, Craig and David.
After law school, Jerry served in the U.S. Army and in 1958 he separated from active duty. He served eight years in the Active Reserves, completing 20 years in the Army Reserves.
In 1963 Jerry and his family moved to Minden. He became a law partner with Fred and Gary Martin, practicing at Martin, Stirtz & Martin law firm until his death.
He was elected to serve as Kearney County Attorney for eight years. He served as Minden City Attorney, Axtell and Wilcox Village Attorney, as well as serving on the Minden Airport Authority Board and the Minden Housing Authority Board.
Jerry was a very active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden. He taught Sunday school, served terms as an Elder, Voters Assembly president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and chairman of the Building Committee. He held several positions in the St. Paul Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) as president, secretary and treasurer; was vice president and president of Hastings Zone 8 and was the LLL Regional Governor for Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. He served on the boards of the International LLL, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod NE District, Nebraska Muzzleloaders and the Nebraska Council of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
Jerry had a love for aviation and was a pilot; he enjoyed being outdoors and spent many hours hunting. Hunting has become a Stirtz family tradition. His family was most important to him.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine, of Minden; sons and their families, Bradley, wife Mary, children Cassidy, Carter and Georgia of Naperville, Ill.; Craig, wife Lisa, children Tyler, Jordan and Kari of Gretna; and David, wife Eileen and son Benjamin of Lincoln; and great-grandchild, Liam; his brother, Ron and wife, Sharon of Creswell, Ore.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Celebration of Life services will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Donald Becker officiating.
Burial will be prior to the celebration service at the Minden Cemetery.
Memorials are strongly suggested to the Lutheran’s Laymen’s League or the donor’s choice.
Craig Funeral Home in Minden is in charge of arrangements.