Harry Stephen Wurtz April 13, 1923 - September 25, 2016 La Mesa Harry Stephen Wurtz, 93, of La Mesa, CA, passed away 9/25/2016. He was born in Buffalo, New York on 4/13/1923. Harry attended Fredonia High School where he met Anne Wheelock. He then attended Albany State Teachers' College and received his MA from Columbia. After Harry and Anne married, he taught at Sampson College, was a lecturer at the Chautauqua Institute and also taught at Syracuse University while working on his doctorate. In 1951, he became a professor at Wheelock College in Boston and then became the business manager of the college. In 1962, the family moved to San Diego where he became the Manager of Contracts for Convair's launch vehicle programs and retired from General Dynamics in 1985.He was preceeded in death by his first wife, Anne Wheelock Wurtz, his second wife, Alice McCarty Wurtz, and his grandson, Alex Jacob Wurtz. He is survived by his brother, Robert Wurtz (Betty), two children, Mary Wurtz Weightman (Wayne) and Hank Wurtz, his grandchildren, Matt Weightman (Lindsay), Kelly Weightman Moffa (Nick), Joel Wurtz (Kristen), three great grandchildren, his stepchildren, Susie McCarty Alderson (Mark) and Jerry McCarty (Sarah) and his long time companion, Elaine Crouse.Harry had a passion for woodworking, gardening, and spending his summers in Yosemite. After a long life filled with love and laughter, he will always be remembered for his tremendous wit. Harry Wurtz passed away very peacefully with his family at his side on September 25th. A celebration of life will follow.
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