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Funeral proceedings set for firefighter Michael Wurtz

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 4:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT
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Michael Wurtz

WOODSTOCK – Funeral proceedings for Firefighter and Police Officer Michael Wurtz will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday and include an afternoon procession throughout town.

Services begin with a visitation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodstock Assembly of God Church, 1201 Dean St., Woodstock. At 1 p.m., firefighters will pay their respects at the visitation during a "walk-through" ceremony.

The funeral service begins at 2 p.m.

Immediately following the funeral – likely between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Wurtz's body will be escorted past all three of the Woodstock Fire Stations. Residents are encouraged to line the streets during the procession of vehicles.

From the church, the procession will travel south on Dean Street to Route 14; west on Route 14 to Kishwaukee Valley Road; east on Kishwaukee Valley Road, continuing to follow as it turns into West Jackson Street; through the Square to East Jackson Street; North on Jefferson Street; East on East Judd Street, continuing onto Irving Avenue past Route 47; east on Route 120; North on Raffel Road and concluding at station 3, 2900 Raffel Road.

Those who attend the visitation or funeral should take note of special parking requirements.

Because of its limited capacity, the church's parking lot will be reserved for immediate family, close friends and fire department vehicles, in addition to handicap spaces. Others should park at Blain's Farm and Fleet, 11501 Route 14, Woodstock. A shuttle from that location will be provided.

Wurtz, of the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District since 2002, died Friday from cancer. He'd been given the diagnosis two years ago but continued to serve the department in a reduced capacity as recently as last fall.

Wurtz was also an officer with the McCullom Lake Police Department, and served as a member of the Lake/McHenry County Wildland Firefighting Team.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two step-children.

– Shawn Shinneman

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