Barry Lee Boltz, age 80, of Xenia, OH, peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Born on September 29, 1943 in Pontiac, Michigan, he was the son of Harry and Mabel Boltz.
Barry spent the majority of his life in the Dayton area after his family relocated when he was young. He attended Stivers High School and graduated in 1962 with fond memories of his time there.
In 1965, Barry began his career at Frigidaire, later known as Harrison Radiator/ General Motors, where he worked as an assembly worker for an impressive 33 years before retiring. Throughout his time there, he built lasting relationships with his colleagues and was highly respected for his dedication and work ethic. After retiring from GM he worked part time for Megacity Truck and Auto as a delivery driver.
Outside of his professional life, Barry had a passion for bowling and actively participated in various local leagues, notably in Dayton, Xenia, and Beavercreek. He always brought his competitive spirit and love for the game to every match. As a Cincinnati sports fan, he avidly supported the Reds and Bengals, cheering them on during both triumphant moments and challenging seasons. Barry could often be found sitting in his favorite recliner, catching the game or his other favorite tv programs.
Barry also enjoyed spending his time at local flea markets, antique shops, and loved to collect old antiques, especially bottles. In his younger years, he discovered a love for travel, with frequent trips to Florida and North Carolina, where he delighted in feasting at his cherished seafood restaurants.
Above all, Barry cherished his role as a grandfather and great-grandfather. He took immense joy in every moment shared with his family, creating lasting memories that will be treasured by all.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Harry Boltz.
Barry will be dearly missed by his surviving daughter, Karen (Gary) Burchfield; grandchildren, Stacie (Scott) Grigsby and Sara (Andy) Miller; great-grandchildren, Macie, Aiden, and Ryder, and other extended family and friends.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 5-7pm at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH 45429. A private family service and inurnment at Dayton Memorial Park will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Diabetes Dayton at diabetesdayton.org.
His memory will forever live on in the hearts of his loved ones, and his love and laughter will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in eternal peace.