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Phillip "Phil" Wirtz

February 23, 1948 — March 22, 2024

Battle Creek


Phillip Wirtz: A Life Filled with Love, Laughter, and Service

Phillip Wirtz (know by most as Phil), a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2024, after a courageous 6 ½ year battle with cancer. Phil was a pillar of strength and kindness throughout his life, leaving behind a legacy of cherished memories and a deep love for his family and friends.

Born on February 23, 1948, Phil graduated from Union High School in 1967 where he shone as a standout athlete in football and baseball. His love for sports continued throughout his younger years, as he actively participated in multiple baseball and softball leagues.

Family was Phil's greatest joy. He met the love of his life, Kathy, in 1969, and together they shared a nearly 53-year love story. They raised their sons, Bryan and Rob (Amanda), who were Phil's pride and joy. He cherished his role as a grandfather, becoming the loudest fan at his grandsons' countless sporting events (football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, and track). He beamed with pride at every accomplishment of his grandsons and their special friends: Cameron (fiancée Chelsea), Jayden (Lyla), Dominic (Hannah), Memphis (Jenna), Jackson, and Maison.

Also surviving are, brothers in laws Jim Melville, Rick Melville, Dan (Beth) Melville and Tim (Gina) Melville. Several nieces and nephews.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Bob Meinke, and Gerald Wirtz. He also leaves behind cherished memories of his brother, Carl Wirtz, and his sister, Gerrie Livingstone (John), who passed before him. The loss of his grandchildren, Addison and Evan Wirtz, and niece, Carleen Wirtz, is deeply felt. 

Beyond his family, Phil was a dedicated professional. He owned Beltone Hearing Aid Centers throughout the state of Michigan and later Wirtz Hearing Aid Center, helping countless individuals rediscover the gift of sound from 1984 until his retirement in 2012.

When Phil wasn't working, he reveled in creating lasting memories with loved ones. Phil's life was filled with countless happy moments, with their Gun Lake summer home and pool becoming a central hub for joyful gatherings. He enjoyed hunting trips with his sons and friends, relaxing on the water with boating and fishing, and hosting legendary parties for company, family, kids'/grandkids' sporting teams, and birthday celebrations.

Phil thrived in the company of those he cared about. Adventures with Kathy included trips to their Las Vegas condo, cruises to new destinations, and journeys north, most recently to brother-in-law Tim's (and Mac, Tim's big pup) cabin in Canadian Lakes with his partner in crime, Shih Tzu companion, Bella, by his side. Camping trips rounded out Phil's love for the outdoors. A true Detroit sports fan, Phil especially loved cheering on his beloved Detroit Lions!

Phil's dedication to his community was evident in his involvement with the Masonic Temple, Saladin Shrine, R.O.J., National Hearing Aid Society, Lions Club and many more. He actively served others, leaving a positive impact on those around him.

Phil's unwavering spirit and dedication to his family will be deeply missed. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the Bronson at home, Bronson Healthcare nurses, therapists, and aides who provided exceptional care for Phil, as well as the hospice nurses and aides who offered comfort and support. Kathy extends a special thank you to her children and grandchildren for their unwavering love and assistance throughout Phil's illness. Their help running errands, keeping him company, and managing the household during this difficult time provided invaluable support. The family is also deeply touched by the 6 grandsons who always prioritized spending time with their grandpa.

Phil Wirtz will be deeply missed, but his memory will forever be cherished by the countless lives he touched. To honor Phil's request, the family will not be holding a service. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek.  Personal messages for the family may be placed at


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