Paul Wirtz

May 3, 1932-June 17, 2021

Paul A. Wirtz, 89,

Minot, ND, formerly of

Kenmare, ND, passed

away Thursday, June 17,

2021, at Trinity Hospital

in Minot.

Paul was born May 3,

1932, on the family farm

located east of Kenmare.

He was youngest of 13

children born to John and

Mary (Bauer) Wirtz. He

was raised and educated

in Kenmare. As the

youngest child, he was al-

ways looking for a laugh

and to entertain. That trait

would last Pauly his en-

tire life.

Paul was a very smart

man, but he would choose

working over going to

school any day of the

week. As a teenager, he

could be found working at

the bowling alley, the coal

mines or on the farm.

Later, he worked during

the winter plowing snow

and surveying missile

sites, all while continuing

to operate his farm.

Paul married Marlise

Peterson June 5, 1952, in

Kenmare. Together, they

made a successful farm

and raised their family.

They always had a

camper, even into their

eighties, where many

great family memories

were made. Paul loved to

work and would lead oth-

ers in a local project to get

it done. He would often

be seen working in front

of his farm shop where

neighbors would stop by

and visit which was the

case on his final Saturday

before his fall.

He was a member of St.

Agnes Catholic Church in

Kenmare and Our Lady of

Grace Catholic Church in


His loving family in-

cludes: wife of 69 years,

Marlise, Minot; daughters,

Pam (Dick) Ramsdell,

Rugby, ND, Paulette

(Mark) Mattern, Devils

Lake, ND, and Robin

(Ben) James, Kenmare,

ND; son, John (Marianne)

Wirtz, Minot; grandchil-

dren, Sheila (Mike)

Melaas, Kim (Steve)

Anderson, Derek (Katie)

Ramsdell, Paul (Kelli)

Mattern, Aimee (Pat)

Muus, and Steve (Val)

Mattern; 11

great-grandchildren; one

great great-grandchild due

in August of 2021; sister,

Theresa Ankenbauer,

Minot; and numerous

nieces, nephews and


Paul was preceded in

death by: his parents;

brothers and sisters,

Clarence, Agnes, Bernard,

Sr. Louise, Clarence M.,

Clara, Lillian, Lawrence,

Bernice, Lucille and John.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Thursday, June 24,

2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Our

Lady of Grace Catholic

Church, Minot.

Inurnment: Thursday

at 3:00 pm at St. Agnes

Catholic Cemetery, Ken-

mare, ND.

Visitation: Wednesday

from 5 to 7 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot.

Memorials: are pre-

ferred to the Kenmare

Ambulance, the Kenmare

Rural Fire Department or

the St. Agnes Catholic

Cemetery Fund.

The service will be

livestreamed for the pub-

lic to view and can be ac-

cessed by going to the

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral home website:



Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

cess the online obituaries

section at www.thompson