HURON — Vern Spartz, 93, of Huron, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Violet Tschetter Memorial Home.
His funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Huron with burial at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in St. Thomas Cemetery in Madison with military honors by Madison VFW and American Legion Posts.
Visitation with family present will be Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Welter Funeral Home with a scripture service at 6 p.m.; or Tuesday morning one hour prior to the service at the church. Visit www.welterfuneralhome.com.
Vernon Mathias Spartz was born to Nicholas and Agnes (Staudacher) Spartz on March 7, 1920, in Ashton, Iowa. At the age of 2 he moved with his family to Kranzburg. He attended school at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Kranzburg for 10 years and then the Agriculture School in Brookings for two years. In 1942 he moved to San Diego, Calif., where he worked for two years at Consolidated Aircraft Corp.
On Jan. 15, 1944, he was appointed 2nd Lt in the U. S. Army Air Corps. During World War II he performed the duties of navigator aboard the B-17G bomber “True Love” in the 388th Bomber Group, flying 35 missions out of northern England in the European Theater and participating with the invasion forces on Normandy, France. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other service medals. Following his honorable discharge he returned to South Dakota in 1945.
He began working for International Harvester Company in 1946 and in 1962 he became co-owner of Lake County International in Madison, until his retirement in 1985. While living in Madison he served as a county commissioner for Lake County; five years on the South Dakota Department of Agriculture board of directors headquartered in Pierre; the South Dakota State Conservation board of directors; Madison Community Hospital board of directors; St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church parish council and school board; a member of the VFW Ronald Westby Post No. 2638 of Madison; American Legion McKibbin-Moser Post No. 15 of Madison; Rotary Club for 25 years; and Knights of Columbus for 50 years. His many interests included golfing, hunting, traveling, bowling, snow-mobiling, and playing cards.
On Jan. 22, 1944, he married Mildred “Midge” Fox in Watertown. They had one daughter and three sons. After 47 years of marriage his wife died on July 11, 1991.
On May 20, 1995, he married Wilma Cronin, and they moved to her farm south of Huron.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma; four children, James (Donna) Spartz of Anchorage, Alaska, Elaine Stewart of Starke, Fla., Dean (Mona) Spartz of Sioux City, Iowa, and Dale (Donna) Spartz of Hastings, Neb.; three step-sons, Bob (Diana) Cronin of La Crescent, Minn., Craig (Jan) Cronin of Huron, and Pat (Janey) Cronin of Huron; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice (Leo) Mack of Sioux Falls, and Sr. Muriel Spartz of Watertown; one brother, Greg (Wilma) Spartz of Blue Springs, Mo.; and one sister-in-law, Jeanette Spartz of Kranzburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; three infant siblings, Joseph G., Benedict, and Mary; a sister, Loretta (Elmer) Zaug; a brother, Joseph A. Spartz; a son-in-law, Dannie Stewart; and a stepson, Dennis Cronin.For the complete article see the 06-30-2013 issue.
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