Paul William Nortz, 71, passed away Tuesday, September 03, 2019 in Gilbert, Arizona surrounded by family and friends. Paul was born September 23, 1947 in Devils Lake, MN to William and Ann Nortz. He is the oldest of two sons and is survived by his brother, Ed Nortz.
Paul was a man of many things. He was a respected business owner/operator for many years, only retiring just a few years ago. He was a passionate man leaving behind a legacy many dream of. Paul was deployed to Vietnam at the age of 17, where he served 4 years and 47 days, PFC USMC – Sharp Shooter. He was an extremely proud Military man, rarely speaking of his experiences, however acknowledging all with a Marine Semper Fi attitude. He was supportive of many foundations including Semper Fi Fund, Toys for Tots, a member of the VFW, American Legion and the National Rifle Association. His heart was always giving, he loved without judgement. Paul was extremely compassionate which he passed along to his daughter Amanda, whom he was extremely proud of and repeatedly referred to as “My best friend.”
He was an avid outdoors man, his love for nature was infectious. He enjoyed snowmobiling with his friends from Mn and spoke of his trips to West Yellowstone with such passion and enthusiasm. Fishing was his true passion, an activity he enjoyed teaching his granddaughters. It was always a day filled with adventure. Paul began to take journeys on his own, getting behind the wheel and just driving. He desired to explore and experience all God had created. One of his favorite places was Montana, God’s Country.
In May of 2017, Paul permanently moved to Arizona to spend more time with his daughter, Amanda and her four beautiful girls. One of his favorite activities was creating his own ice princess, Aspyn. He often picked her up from school to have his own special time. He was a proud grandpa and repeatedly would brag about how incredibly unique each of his granddaughters were. Paul was an avid reader, always with a Kindle in his hand, he also picked up the art of cooking and gardening to fill his spare time. His smile was infectious, he could enter a room and leave with many new friends. He had a unique ability to make those around him feel loved, with his notorious smirk and twinkle in his eye you never had to wonder where you stood with him. His honesty, his humor and his presence will be missed greatly. Paul would repeatedly say “Everyday is a great day.” His legacy of kindness, gratitude and compassion for others will never be forgotten.
Loving Father to Amanda Lindeman and Ryan Nortz, Grandfather to Mariah, Makenzie, Aspyn and Amya.
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the National Memorial Cemetery at 9:00 am to honor Paul’s Services for the USMC. Memorials may be made to the Semper Fi Fund (semperfifund.org) or the American Heart Association (heart.org). Please continue Paul’s legacy and help support these foundations.
Celebration of Life Services will continue in July 2020 on Long Lake, Park Rapids, MN, Paul’s Home. Exact time and dates will be posted early spring.