William Henry Wert II

May 14, 2020

CHARLOTTE - William Henry “Bill” Wert II, 86, of Charlotte died peacefully at home on May 14, 2020. Named for his grandfather, he was born September 26, 1933, the son of Ruth Wentworth Wert and Glen Morton Wert.

Bill grew up in Akron, Ohio. He attended Purdue University and Ohio State. During his career as an electrical engineer, he worked for Goodyear Aeronautics as a rubber and extruder specialist and was on the design team for the famous Blimp, as well as Black Clawson Company. He had a true passion for music and never picked up or sat down to an instrument he couldn't play. Known as the “Banjo Man”, he was a founding member of the Dixieland Jazz Band and though he had to stop playing a few years ago, attending their monthly performance with his wife, Margaret brought him much joy.

Bill was kind and cheerfully optimistic with an infamous grin and at least one joke a day. Margaret often described him as not only a gentleman but a gentle man. Finding each other later in life, they shared an amazing love and were inseparable until the end.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Cheryl Offutt Wert. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Melton Wert; sons, William Henry Wert III of Waterloo, NE and Glenn Wallace Wert, wife, Amy of Sheffield, OH, daughter, Debbie Prisel, husband, John of Parma, OH; grandchildren, Chis, Scott, Sarah, Bill IV, Rael, Jack, Anna and Will; nine great-grandchildren, Owen, Ethan, Alexia, Cameron, Madison, William V, Patrick, Christopher and Lauren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Hill, where he was a member. Internment will be at Glendale Cemetery in Akron, Ohio.

Memorials may be sent to Steele Creek Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Hill, 15000 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 or to Golden Valley Church, PO Box 441, Bostic, NC 28018

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Joe Bako

    My deepest symapathy to the entire family . Werts were my second family growing up . Mr. Wert knew everything about , well , just about everything . Glenn , Bill , Debbie , so sorry for you all .

  • Edward Bako

    I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all of Mr. Wert's family but especially to his children Debbie, Bill and Glenn. As a young man, I looked up to and was inspired by Mr. Wert. He had incredible optimism and seemed to succeed at anything he tried to do. I know you will all miss him, he was one of a kind.

  • Tom Thornton

    Many regrets and condolences to Bill's family. We Thornton siblings recall family, and musical, visits in Akron with great fondness. Best wishes, -Tom

  • Alice H. Kibler

    Margaret and Family, My condolences to you on your loss. May God bring you comfort and peace.

  • karen farmer

    i am so very sorry for the loss of mr bill he was one of the sweetest men I knew and loved ms Margaret so very much they were a loving cute couple I enjoyed many talks with bill he was kind and caring I will miss him