Gary David Stoltz, 58, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, October 8, 2021.
Gary will forever be remembered as a loving husband and father, a man with a caring, gentle heart whose resourcefulness, creativity, and passion in life were inspiring for all around him.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Gary will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The burial will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Friends and family will gather to share memories Thursday evening from 4-8 p.m. at the Shuda Funeral Chapel, 3200 Stanley St. A general rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. There is no visitation prior to Mass on Friday. A memorial in lieu of flowers will be established in Gary’s name at a later date.
The youngest son of Philip and Theresa (Kranski) Stoltz, Gary was born December 9, 1962. He married Lori Koziczkowski on September 23, 1989, and they were blessed with three sons: Kyle, Nathan, and Ryan. His family was his pride and joy.
In addition to being a dedicated employee of the Portage County Highway Department for 30+ years, Gary was most proudly a profound craftsman. His ingenuity was best personified by his many projects. From restoring cars and tractors to building the house his family resides at with his own bare hands, Gary constantly inspired with his creativity and a do-it-yourself attitude. Of all his achievements, his greatest was his three sons, in the job he did raising them, and the pride he has in the men they have become.
Gary is survived by his wife Lori, and their three sons, Kyle, Nathan (Kelsey Leikam), and Ryan; his soon-to-be grandson; brother, Donald Stoltz; sister, Mary Olander; mother-in-law Sophie Koziczkowski; brothers-in-law David (Marcie), Ron (Sandy), and Myron (Terri) Koziczkowski; sisters-in-law Marie Kluck, Jan (Randy) Kruzicki, and Debbie (Arnie) Kaminski.
He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Philip and Theresa, infant brother Patrick, father-in-law Henry Koziczkowski, brothers-in-law Andy Olander and Robert Kluck, and sister-in-law Laurie Berger.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.