John Philip Wirtz

June 24, 1964 ~ October 7, 2021

     John Philip Wirtz, age 57, of Bonne Terre passed away Thursday, October 07, 2021, at his residence.  He was born on Wednesday, June 24, 1964 in St. Louis. to the late, Paul and Lisbeth (Gimpel) Wirtz Sr. He was a member of the Silver Springs Baptist Church in Bonne Terre.

     John is survived by his two loving sons, John P.(Emily) Wirtz Jr ,and  Levi Wirtz; two special nephews he raised as his own, Kevin and Kyle Click; a very dear and special nephew that he called his best friend growing up Bill Dane; siblings, Paul Wirtz Jr., Janet Brown, Ella Dane and Dorothy “Dottie” Douglas, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins survive.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Lisbeth (Gimpel) Wirtz Sr.; and his loving wife Rachael (Lauck) Wirtz.

     John proudly served his country in the United States Army and National Guard. He was an avid duck hunter, loved fishing and the outdoors. He loved his true companion fur baby Zeke. John enjoyed watching TV Land, The Andy Griffith Show and westerns. He liked to dabble in pyrotechnics, fireworks and anything that went “Boom”. He was a prankster and his favorite radio station he liked to listen to was K-She 95.

      Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 11:00am until service time of 1:00pm  at C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre with Pastor Jay O’Neil officiating.

Graveside service will follow at Bonne Terre Cemetery, with full military honors.  Memorials can be made to CZ Boyer & Son Funeral Home for Funeral expenses Arrangements are under the direction of C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre.  View obituary and share condolences online at


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  1. My heart is broken. We were always a close family growing up and going to school together, and for that I am so thankful. I am blessed with beautiful family memories that I will cherish always. I loved his beautiful, sweet, and oh so funny wife Rachel and find myself missing her through these years. And Johnny and Levi I can’t say enough about how absolutely loved and adored they were by their special parents. Sending prayers for God’s loving comfort to bless you and keep you at this difficult time. I love you…

  2. Uncle Johnny,
    I am saddened to hear of your passing, at least you are at peace and no longer in pain nor suffering. I will always remember coming down to your house every October. I had so much fun as a child, riding four wheelers, the hayrides and definitely cannot forget the big bonfires, with delicious s'mores. I'm at lost for words behind this. You will truly be missed Uncle Johnny. Prayers for the boys and the rest of the family. Love you always Uncle Johnny!!!!

  3. I had the pleasure of having Johnny Wirtz Jr. , Levi Wirtz, Kevin Click, and Kyle Click in my classes at North County High School. Though I never met Mr. Wirtz, I must say that if the level of respect that the above mentioned young men showed to me was any reflection of the way they were raised, he must have been one heck of a father.

    I am truly saddened for the entire family for such a devastating loss. It is very difficult for a young man to lose his father. It is my hope that the family can find peace in remembering the fond memories they developed and shared.
    Jeff Cauley
    UniTec Director

  4. Jan, Bill,Kevin, Kyle and family. I am so sorry for your loss! Jan I know he was your rock. I will pray for peace for all those he so deeply touched!! Huge hugs to you all!!💗

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