Wurtele, C. Angus Angus Wurtele never liked attention or to be singled out for praise. He wouldn't like an obituary that claimed he was special. "I just want to be who I am," he often said, "nothing more." Angus died peacefully on September 4 of Merkel cell carcinoma at age 83. He flew to Charleston, SC to see the solar eclipse on his 40th wedding anniversary the week before he died. He was born August 25, 1934 in Minneapolis. He graduated from Blake School in 1952, then Yale University in 1956. He was an officer in the Navy 1956-59, then went on to Stanford Business School (MBA 1961). He loved business and served as CEO of The Valspar Corporation, transforming a local paint company into an international coatings manufacturer. After 36 years with Valspar, he retired to realize his dream of owning a vineyard. While never leaving Minnesota as his base, he and his wife Margaret grew grapes and created the Terra Valentine Winery in California's Napa Valley. He served on the boards of Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, Bemis Company, and General Mills, among others. Angus loved the arts and attended exhibitions, classical music concerts, theater and opera with enthusiasm throughout his adult life. He has served as a trustee of Walker Art Center since 1971. He has also served as a board member of Blake School, the Bush and Minneapolis Foundations, Yale University Art Gallery, and Stanford Business School, among others. He is survived by his wife Margaret Von Blon Wurtele, his sons Christopher Wurtele and Andrew Wurtele, and his daughter Heidi Castelein (Alex Fisher), by two granddaughters Keelan Castelein and Serena Wurtele. (He is preceded in death by his stepson Philip Otis). He leaves his sisters Mary Vaughan, Joan Wurtele and Connie Packard. (He is preceded in death by his sister Ann Lawrence). He is also survived by his ex-wife Heather Campbell. A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark on Friday, September 8th at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the organization of the donor's choice.

Published on September 8, 2017


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