Born Sept. 15, 1923, at Loggette, Ind., son of the late John William and Alice Adaline Green Hirtz, he was a TV repairman, Texas refinery distributor and farmer. He was a paratrooper with the U.S. Army during World War II where he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle East Ribbon with one bronze medal, the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and three overseas bars. He was a member of St. Teresa's Catholic Church in Glennonville, St. Jerome's Council 1572 of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the DAEOC RMI boards and a member of the American Legion and VFW.
On Nov. 27, 1946, at Glennonville he married Gertrude, Bernadine Siebert who survives.
Survivors also include four sons, Rev. Daniel Hirtz, of Salem, Mo., Bill Hirtz and wife, Linda, of Poplar Bluff, Darrell Hirtz and wife, Patty, Mike Hirtz, and wife, Diane, all of Glennonville; four daughters, Gloria Good and husband, John, of Lebanon, Mo., Trudy Duncan, and husband, Ben, of Poplar Bluff, Peggy Deken and husband, Tom, and Cheri Bader and husband, Joe, all of Glennonville; four brothers, Greg Hirtz and wife, Dot, Fred Hirtz, Charles Hirtz and wife, Pat, and Francis Hirtz and wife, Marcia; three sisters, Monnie Stratman and husband, Joe, Ronnie Camp, and husband, Kenny, Delores McMunn and husband, Gene; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Johnny Good, Rebecca Hargon and David Deken; one great-grandson, James Patrick Hargon and three brothers, Donald Hirtz, Jerome Hirtz and Paul Hirtz.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at St. Teresa's Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Hirtz and Bishop John Liebrecht officiating.
Burial was in St. Teresa's Cemetery at Glennonville.
Landess Funeral Home of Campbell was in charge of arrangements.