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Melvin  Peter  Moritz
     Melvin Peter Moritz, 88, of North Platte, formerly of Sutherland, passed away at Linden Court on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Melvin was born Nov. 13, 1928 to Peter and Josie Fleecs Moritz at Loup City.
     By 1930, the Moritz family moved to Sutherland and eventually settled on a farm south of town. Melvin attended District 18 West Fairview School and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1947. In November he started his only job, working at the Sutherland Co-op, and continued to do so until retiring 42 years later.
     On Sept. 23, 1952, Melvin was united in marriage to Agnes Marie Vasa at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sutherland where they made their home. Melvin and Agnes were married for nearly 65 years and raised three children.
     Melvin was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, served on the church board and was a 4th degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. When he was younger, he was a volunteer with the Sutherland Fire Department and later served on the boards of the Senior Center and Riverview Cemetery.
     Melvin was a loving husband and a great father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening but especially liked to do woodworking and making furniture.
     He is survived by his wife, Agnes of North Platte; children, Ron (Staci) Moritz and Judy (Greg) Gifford, of North Platte and John (Missy) Moritz of Kimball; grandchildren, Elizabeth Moritz, Melissa (Daniel) Lightfoot, Amanda (Nate) Zeller, and Corey Gifford, all of North Platte, Allison (Jeff) White of Lincoln, Erinn Moritz of Omaha, Sarah Moritz of Syracuse, and Kaitlin (Jordan) Knaub of Harrisburg; great-grandchildren, Nathanial Gifford, Hunter Lightfoot, Peyton, Abbi, and Zachary Zeller, and Colbie and Camden Knaub; and other family.
     Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Carl Schwartzlander; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Mary Moritz; and grandchildren, Michael and Victoria Moritz.
     Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Celebrant Fr. Jim Novakowski. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
     Condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment. Memorial cards can also be sent to Agnes at 1402 William Avenue, North Platte.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 3/15/2017
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