Donald Wirth, of Antigo, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Langlade Hospital with his wife at his side. He was 81 years old. He was born on March 21, 1933 in Phlox, a son of Otto and Agnes (Jeske) Wirth. He married Dorothy Janssen on September 15, 1955 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Mattoon. She survives.
He attended St. Joseph grade school in Phlox and graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1950.
He served in the United States Army from May 11, 1953 to May 10, 1955.
Don owned and operated the Texaco Gas Station in Phlox for two years followed by six years working for Shorty Tatro Excavation. He worked for and later managed Rogge Manufacturing Company in Antigo for four years followed by being plant manager at Wisconsin Bridge and Iron for 15 years. He retired as a Production Supervisor for Amron Corporation in 1993.
Mr. Wirth served on the Langlade County Board of Supervisors for 13 years and on the Antigo City Council for two years. He volunteered on the welding advisory committee at North Central Technical College in Antigo.
He was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Antigo, the Devine- Menting American Legion Post 525, Phlox and was a charter member of the Antigo Optimist Club.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.
Survivors including his wife are two daughters, Pamela (Richard) Engel, Abrams, Debra Wirth, Antigo; three sons, Tim (Laurel) Wirth, Menasha, Paul (Jayne) Wirth, Weston, Bruce (Karen) Wirth, Kimberly; daughter-in-law, Linda (Pete) Gallenberg, Antigo; eleven grandchildren: Erika (Lucas) Scheibe, Richard (Cassandra) Engel Jr., Laura Wirth, Nathanial (Ashley Ludlum) Wirth, Amanda (Jasen) Brown,, Whitney (Nick) Crochiere, Logan Wirth, Justin (Renata Bartula) Wirth, James (Trisha) Wirth, Allison and Kayla Wirth; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dick (Geraldine) Wirth, Manitowoc, Otto (Nona) Wirth, Florida and Bass Lake; a sister-in-law, Delores Wirth-Meyer, Rib Mountain; a brother-in-law, Roy Plamann, Neenah.
He was preceded in death by a son, Brian Wirth; a sister, Janet Plamann; a brother, Robert Wirth.
The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church with Rev. David Schmidt officiating. Entombment will take place in Queen of Peace Mausoleum.
Visitation will be 3:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday at the Bradley Funeral Home and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday also at the funeral home.