July 9, 1943 – March 24, 2019
John Charles “Spud” Anz passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, in San Antonio. He was born to John and Sadie Marie Britz Anz on July 9, 1943, in San Antonio. As a young boy, his favorite food was mashed potatoes, and his uncle gave him the nickname Spud. John attended Sam Houston High School. He signed with the Cleveland Indians baseball team and went to spring training. He was cut at spring training and upon returning home he began a career that mimicked his father’s.
John became a firefighter and paramedic through the San Antonio Fire Department. He served for 32 and a half years. John continued to play softball developing many lifelong friends. He was an avid hunter and fisherman as he traveled nationally in pursuit of North American big game and fish. Some of his favorite destinations were Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho and Canada. Another past time was cooking for his family, friends and the Fire Department.
John was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Rosie Nelson. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claudia Haag Anz; and three children, Chuck Anz (Suzie), Shelly LaRue (Shaun), and Bryan Anz; six grandchildren, Kayla and Kandace Anz, Ashlee and Emilee LaRue and Lea and J.W. “Dub” Anz; his sister Judy Vosburg (Gary); his brothers-in-law Walter Haag (Catherine) and Cliff Nelson; numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held Sunday, March 31, from 3 until 5 p.m. at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home. A memorial Mass will be held Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church of Boerne. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to an Alzheimer’s charity or the San Antonio Fireman’s Benevolent Fund. To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of John’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select obituaries.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.