CWO4 Clarence “John” Wirth, Jr. Ret USMC, 69 of
John is preceded in death by his father, Rusty Giesen; sister, Lucretia Jernigan; and stepson, Gene Woolridge. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gisela Wirth; daughter, Sandra “Punkin” Wirth Lucero (Larry) and her siblings, Karin “Sissy” Butterworth (Rick) and Robert “Bobby” Woolridge; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; mother, Jennie Giesen; sister, Cheryl Standley (Bill); brother Dr. Jimmy Giesen (Marianne), and 12 nieces and nephews.
John, also known as Clarey, was born on
After retiring from the Marine Corps, John worked for Skinner’s Nursery and Liberty National Insurance. During his retirement, John further pursued his passion for golf and played every week until he was physically unable – even then he rode on the golf cart when he could, just to watch others. John had such a love for the game that he was out on the greens even after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, as well as multiple surgeries. John also loved Sudoku puzzles which kept his sharp mind challenged.
John was an active member of the Retired Marine Corps League of Clay County and looked forward to participating in the group’s annual Toys for Tots fundraising project every Christmas season. The tough Marine was filled with emotion when he relayed stories of the families he was able to help each year, and thanks to his years of service as an embarkation officer in the Marines, he was the only one of the group who could figure out how to get all the toys to fit in the storage unit.
John faithfully served his country and family. He was quick with a joke or story from his younger years. He was a loving father, caring husband and great friend. John had compassion for all tucked deep in his heart. He was a warrior throughout his life, so the end of his life was no different. John is our hero, whose presence will be missed but whose memory will live on forever in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Toys for Tots in John’s honor. Please make checks payable to the “Marine Corps League of Clay County,” and add to the memo line “Toys for Tots in honor of John Wirth.” Checks may be mailed to
Arrangements are under the care of Russell Haven of