William Rotz, 86William Anton Rotz, 86, Millerville, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis of injuries suffered in a May 13 car accident.
William Anton Rotz, 86, Millerville, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis of injuries suffered in a May 13 car accident.
William was born September 21, 1922 in Leaf Mountain Township, Douglas County, to Anton and Dora (Jacobson) Rotz. He was educated at District 40 in Leaf Mountain and Battle Lake High School, where he graduated in 1940. He was united in marriage to Esther Politeske on October 3, 1944 at Church of Seven Dolors in Millerville.
In 1945, William and Esther moved to a farm north of Millerville, where they lived all of their lives. William was the local assessor from 1959 to 1994 for Millerville and Brandon. He was a member of Church of Seven Dolors in Millerville. William loved the land and in his later years farmed with his son, Wayne. Many will remember him driving the Red swather. He took pride in his work as assessor and made many friends through his annual visits.
William is survived by his sons, Wayne (Linda) Rotz of Clitherall and Clifford (Kay) Rotz of Dunbar, West Virginia; two brothers, Robert (Jeri) Rotz of Crystal and Don (Iris) Rotz of Parkers Prairie; three sisters, Helen Nelson of Benicia, California, Ina Sylvester of Duluth and Bess Hamilton of Detroit Lakes; four grandchildren, Melanie (Tim) Hartman, Derek (Rhian) Rotz, Nicholas Rotz and Joseph Rotz; and two great-grandchildren, Reid and Autumn Hartman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Esther, on October 27, 1999; and a sister, Annette.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church in Millerville with the Rev. LeRoy Scheierl officiating. Music will be provided by Kim Byrnes. Burial will take place at the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and their spouses.
Visitation will be Monday, May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. with 7:30 p.m. parish prayers at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church in Millerville. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are by Lind Family Funeral Service with chapels in Miltona and Parkers Prairie; lindfamilyfuneralservice.com.
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