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“We are grateful for more than 20 years contact with Roy and his family. It makes our life rich and opened a door to an other country and the life of...Read More »
1 of 48 | Posted by: Josef, Marita & Karin Bauer

“Please know that I am thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. I also grew up in the neighborhood and your Dad was a...Read More »
2 of 48 | Posted by: Debbie Gore Swedberg

“roy was the greatest pilot ever and and convinced me that i could make a living doing it so he taught me how to stay alive when things got bad.. that...Read More »
3 of 48 | Posted by: Roger Zink

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, we are very sorry for your loss! Steve and Courtney (Elmore) Williamson and Family ”
4 of 48 | Posted by: Courtney Williamson

“Bob - My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you hold the memories of you father close to your heart. Sincerely, Linda ”
5 of 48 | Posted by: Linda{VanWinkle} Voigt

“Didn't we have a great neighborhood to play, grow, thrive and learn, thanks to all of our parents. I remember sleeping in a camper in your backyard...Read More »
6 of 48 | Posted by: jean linquist drulis

“Roy was truly one of a kind and will be missed. ”
7 of 48 | Posted by: Marilyn Hopewell

“Dear Roy Tom, Bo, Mary, Tim, Angela, Martha, Mark, and Joe, It’s not possible for us to attend Roy’s funeral tomorrow, but I was very glad...Read More »
8 of 48 | Posted by: Paul and Gabriele Terse

“Hallo Mark, hallo liebe Familie Ertz, auf diesem Wege möchte ich im Namen meiner Familie Dir/Ihnen unsere aufrichtige Anteilnahme anlä...Read More »
9 of 48 | Posted by: Achim Zender

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad .when my dad passed away the stories your dad use to tell about some of their adventures were something to...Read More »
10 of 48 | Posted by: Nora Ewing Robinson

“WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEP SYMPATHY TO THE WHOLE ERTZ FAMILY. I WAS A CLASSMATE OF MARGARETS,AND NEW ROY, WELL.I WAS EPPECIALY AWARE OF HOW HE...Read More »
11 of 48 | Posted by: DON@DOROTHY WILSON

“Dear Mark and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, very fun to visit with. You and your Family are in my prayers. Know that he is...Read More »
12 of 48 | Posted by: Melissa Mulholland

“The only time a takeoff is not required to be followed by a landing. ”
13 of 48 | Posted by: Frank Glasgow

“To all the kids that I grew up with: I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. A heck of a lot of memories! I wish that I could be there for the...Read More »
14 of 48 | Posted by: Tracy (Genie) Gore

“Mark, so sorry for your loss & that we didn't get to enjoy your Dad longer, he will be missed...praying for you and your family! ”
15 of 48 | Posted by: Dawn Hales

“I am so sorry for the loss of your father. These last fews years have been special and I will miss taking Dad to see and visit with him. It is...Read More »
16 of 48 | Posted by: Judy Ertz Andries

“We are grateful for more than 20 years contact with Roy and his family. It makes our life rich and opened a door to an other country and the life of...Read More »
17 of 48 | Posted by: Josef, Marita & Karin Bauer

“Please know that I am thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. I also grew up in the neighborhood and your Dad was a...Read More »
18 of 48 | Posted by: Debbie Gore Swedberg

“roy was the greatest pilot ever and and convinced me that i could make a living doing it so he taught me how to stay alive when things got bad.. that...Read More »
19 of 48 | Posted by: Roger Zink

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, we are very sorry for your loss! Steve and Courtney (Elmore) Williamson and Family ”
20 of 48 | Posted by: Courtney Williamson

“Bob - My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you hold the memories of you father close to your heart. Sincerely, Linda ”
21 of 48 | Posted by: Linda{VanWinkle} Voigt

“Didn't we have a great neighborhood to play, grow, thrive and learn, thanks to all of our parents. I remember sleeping in a camper in your backyard...Read More »
22 of 48 | Posted by: jean linquist drulis

“Roy was truly one of a kind and will be missed. ”
23 of 48 | Posted by: Marilyn Hopewell

“Dear Roy Tom, Bo, Mary, Tim, Angela, Martha, Mark, and Joe, It’s not possible for us to attend Roy’s funeral tomorrow, but I was very glad...Read More »
24 of 48 | Posted by: Paul and Gabriele Terse

“Hallo Mark, hallo liebe Familie Ertz, auf diesem Wege möchte ich im Namen meiner Familie Dir/Ihnen unsere aufrichtige Anteilnahme anlä...Read More »
25 of 48 | Posted by: Achim Zender

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad .when my dad passed away the stories your dad use to tell about some of their adventures were something to...Read More »
26 of 48 | Posted by: Nora Ewing Robinson

“WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEP SYMPATHY TO THE WHOLE ERTZ FAMILY. I WAS A CLASSMATE OF MARGARETS,AND NEW ROY, WELL.I WAS EPPECIALY AWARE OF HOW HE...Read More »
27 of 48 | Posted by: DON@DOROTHY WILSON

“Dear Mark and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, very fun to visit with. You and your Family are in my prayers. Know that he is...Read More »
28 of 48 | Posted by: Melissa Mulholland

“The only time a takeoff is not required to be followed by a landing. ”
29 of 48 | Posted by: Frank Glasgow

“To all the kids that I grew up with: I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. A heck of a lot of memories! I wish that I could be there for the...Read More »
30 of 48 | Posted by: Tracy (Genie) Gore

“Mark, so sorry for your loss & that we didn't get to enjoy your Dad longer, he will be missed...praying for you and your family! ”
31 of 48 | Posted by: Dawn Hales

“I am so sorry for the loss of your father. These last fews years have been special and I will miss taking Dad to see and visit with him. It is...Read More »
32 of 48 | Posted by: Judy Ertz Andries

“We are grateful for more than 20 years contact with Roy and his family. It makes our life rich and opened a door to an other country and the life of...Read More »
33 of 48 | Posted by: Josef, Marita & Karin Bauer

“Please know that I am thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. I also grew up in the neighborhood and your Dad was a...Read More »
34 of 48 | Posted by: Debbie Gore Swedberg

“roy was the greatest pilot ever and and convinced me that i could make a living doing it so he taught me how to stay alive when things got bad.. that...Read More »
35 of 48 | Posted by: Roger Zink

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, we are very sorry for your loss! Steve and Courtney (Elmore) Williamson and Family ”
36 of 48 | Posted by: Courtney Williamson

“Bob - My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you hold the memories of you father close to your heart. Sincerely, Linda ”
37 of 48 | Posted by: Linda{VanWinkle} Voigt

“Didn't we have a great neighborhood to play, grow, thrive and learn, thanks to all of our parents. I remember sleeping in a camper in your backyard...Read More »
38 of 48 | Posted by: jean linquist drulis

“Roy was truly one of a kind and will be missed. ”
39 of 48 | Posted by: Marilyn Hopewell

“Dear Roy Tom, Bo, Mary, Tim, Angela, Martha, Mark, and Joe, It’s not possible for us to attend Roy’s funeral tomorrow, but I was very glad...Read More »
40 of 48 | Posted by: Paul and Gabriele Terse

“Hallo Mark, hallo liebe Familie Ertz, auf diesem Wege möchte ich im Namen meiner Familie Dir/Ihnen unsere aufrichtige Anteilnahme anlä...Read More »
41 of 48 | Posted by: Achim Zender

“Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad .when my dad passed away the stories your dad use to tell about some of their adventures were something to...Read More »
42 of 48 | Posted by: Nora Ewing Robinson

“WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR DEEP SYMPATHY TO THE WHOLE ERTZ FAMILY. I WAS A CLASSMATE OF MARGARETS,AND NEW ROY, WELL.I WAS EPPECIALY AWARE OF HOW HE...Read More »
43 of 48 | Posted by: DON@DOROTHY WILSON

“Dear Mark and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, very fun to visit with. You and your Family are in my prayers. Know that he is...Read More »
44 of 48 | Posted by: Melissa Mulholland

“The only time a takeoff is not required to be followed by a landing. ”
45 of 48 | Posted by: Frank Glasgow

“To all the kids that I grew up with: I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. A heck of a lot of memories! I wish that I could be there for the...Read More »
46 of 48 | Posted by: Tracy (Genie) Gore

“Mark, so sorry for your loss & that we didn't get to enjoy your Dad longer, he will be missed...praying for you and your family! ”
47 of 48 | Posted by: Dawn Hales

“I am so sorry for the loss of your father. These last fews years have been special and I will miss taking Dad to see and visit with him. It is...Read More »
48 of 48 | Posted by: Judy Ertz Andries


Roy Charles Ertz, 89, of Burlington, died at 2:05 am Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Blair House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Burlington.

Born May 12, 1922, in Burlington, he was the son of Frederick Reed and Helen Katherine Logan Ertz. On March 7, 1943, he married Elizabeth E. "Betty" Hopewell in Garden City Army Air Force Base in Garden City, KS.  She died February 4, 2005.

Roy was self-employed.

He was a 1940 graduate of St. Paul's Catholic High School . He attended many military schools.

Roy served in the Army Air Corps and the Iowa National Guard as a pilot. He retired with the rank of Captain.  He was a "Hump Pilot" during World War II.  He was a fixed and rotary wing Master Aviator with over 20,000 flight hours.

He was a member of SS. John and Paul Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #52. He was an avid gardener.  

Survivors include five sons, Roy Thomas Ertz of Glendale, AZ, Robert "Bo" Ertz of Columbia, MO, Timothy James Ertz of Summerville, AL, Mark George Ertz of Burlington, and Joseph Milburn Ertz of Peoria, AZ; three daughters, Mary Hope Cho of Aiea, HI, Angela Joyce Angeron of Hammond, LA, and Martha Lynn Smith of Hammond, LA; two brothers, Eugene W. "Bill" Ertz of Burlington, and John M. Ertz of Escondido, CA; one sister, Margaret E. Cullen of Newark, DE; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Paul and Warren Ertz, one grandson, Nathan Ertz, and one great grandson Mitchell Ertz.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 4:00 PM Rosary Service until 7:00 PM Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at  Hass-Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Ertz will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Anthony J. Herold, V.F. as the Celebrant.  Music will be provided by the Des Moines County Resurrection Choir.  Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard at the church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery with a fly by.  A time of food and fellowship will be held at St. Paul's cafeteria following the interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Burlington Notre Dame or the Great River Christian School for tuition help for students.

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