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Jeffrey Charles Lortz


Jeffrey Charles Lortz was born Sept. 6, 1956, in Sigourney, Iowa, the son of Charles Alfred and Beulah Anna (Wyant) Lortz. He graduated from Deep River-Millersburg High School in 1974. He worked in farming and as a handyman for many years. In May 1980, Jeff was united in marriage to Donna June Brown at the Fundamental Church. To this union, they were blessed with a daughter, Maria. They later divorced. Jeff was a member of the Millersburg United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, watching football and following the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. Jeff died on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at his home in Marengo at the age of 62 years.
He is survived by a daughter, Maria (Mark) Wagner of Millersburg; a son, Matthew Lortz of Sioux City; a granddaughter, Chloe; his mother, Beulah Lortz of North English; three sisters, Cindy (Mike) Ewen of Davenport, Becky (Jim) Risdon of Marengo and Christine (Randy) Folkmann of Parnell; a brother, David (Elaine) Lortz of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; a sister, Deborah Schultz; and a nephew, Jason Schultz.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at Powell Funeral Home in North English. Burial will be in the Millersburg Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home in North English. A general memorial fund has been established. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.