Henry Gene Bortz, of Declo, Idaho, entered Heaven Tuesday, January 05, 2021. He was born June 9, 1944 to John Bortz and Leona Fries-Bortz.
After graduating from Declo High School, Gene joined the Army in October, 1962. He married his high school sweetheart, Karen Wickel on September, 30, 1963. Together they raised three children on the farm, where many life lessons were taught. Gene spent his life actively involved in production agriculture, both for himself and other farmers in the community. Gene was known for his hard work, honesty and believed that if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing right. Gene was one of his grandkid’s biggest fans whether it was on the volleyball court, football field or livestock show ring. Family was very important to Gene.
His retirement years were spent enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck with Karen, weeding the garden, helping his kids and serving at Burley First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Karen Wickel-Bortz, daughter Holly (Mike) Terpstra, (Eagle, ID), son Dennis (Sara) Bortz, (Albion, ID) and grandchildren Andrea Terpstra, Michelle Terpstra, Dana Reynolds and Henry Bortz. He is preceded in death by both parents, brother Elmer Bortz (Klamath Falls, OR), sister Ellen Kelley, (Burley, ID), daughter Janine Marie Bortz-(Brett) Reynolds (Moses Lake, WA).
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Morrison Funeral Home, Rupert, ID. Viewing will be Sunday, 1/10/21, 3:00-5:00 PM at Morrison Funeral Home, 188 S Hwy 24, Rupert, ID 83350 and from 10:00 - 10:45 AM at the church prior to the funeral. Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, 1/11/21 at First Baptist Church, 2262 Hiland Ave, Burley, ID, 83318, 11:00 AM. Burial service will be at the Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Albion, ID where military rights will presented. Lunch to follow at First Baptist Church, Burley.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Samaritan’s Purse, the Building Fund at First Baptist Church Burley, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home, 188 South Hwy 24 in Rupert.