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John Phillip Wirt

March 3, 1943 — August 7, 2020


John Phillip Wirt, age 77, of Bristol passed away on August 7, 2020 surrounded by his family. John was born on March 3, 1943 in Indianapolis to Forrest and Frieda Wirt. He married Rebecca Swartzell on February 19, 1966, she preceded him in death on May 18, 1996. He married Sharon Huff on September 19, 2009 at Middlebury Methodist Church.

John graduated from Bristol High School class of 1961 and honorably served his country in the United States Navy. He served on the USS Bon Homme Richard aircraft carrier whose homeport of San Diego, California. He served two full cruises at the start of the Vietnam War from 1962-1966. John loved ice skating, water skiing, snow skiing and anything to do with sports cars. He retired as a quality control engineer from Miles Laboratory, Bayer Corporation.

John is survived by his wife Sharon; children, Robert (Nanci) Wirt of Elkhart, Christine (Darren) Eby of Bristol, Erin Huff of Martinsville, IN and Ryan (Brittany ) Huff of Ft. Pierce, FL; grandchildren,  Taylor and Alex Eby. John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James D. Wirt.

Friends may visit with family from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 411 West Vistula Street, Bristol, IN 46507.  Where friends may visit with the Wirt family one hour before the funeral mass at the church. Burial will be private at Rice Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in memory of John to Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507 or Goshen Home Care and Hospice, 1147 Professional Drive, Goshen, IN 46526. Online condolences may be made to the Wirt family at


Humane Society of Elkhart County
54687 County Road 19, Bristol IN 46507
Tel: 1-574-848-4225

Goshen Home Care and Hospice
1147 Professional Drive, Goshen IN 46526

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