George Evan Wirth of Bloomington, Minn., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, one month after his 90th birthday.
The eldest son of George Evan and Martha Williams Wirth, he graduated from Byron High School in 1939.
George was a World War II Air Force fighter pilot. Enlisting in 1941 in the Army Air Corps, he flew 51 missions during WWII in the European Theater as a fighter pilot in P40s and P51s, and retired as a major.
Following WWII, he married Joyce, a sister of one of his flying buddies throughout his service in Europe. They made their home in the Minneapolis area, but made annual trips “home” to the Big Horn Basin nearly every year to visit family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; and five brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his son, Gary (Kimberly Feller) Wirth; daughter Gail (Max) Leo; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services took place Oct. 15 in Bloomington, with interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Gill Brothers Funeral Directors in Minnesota assisted the family with arrangements.