Russell D. "Don" Waltz Sr., 85, of Williamsport, died Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Williamsport Home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Margaret A. "Peggy" (Pass) Waltz, on April 4, 2017.
Born Oct. 1, 1933, in Williamsport, he was a son of the late Charles D. and Marjorie L. (Menne) Waltz.
Don received his GED and later graduated from the former Williamsport Area Community College with a degree in welding and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Don retired in 1991 from Bethlehem Steel as a pipe-fitter and again in 1996 from Textron Lycoming.
Don was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Zafar Grotto, Wheel Inn, Antler's Club, Williamsport Consistory, the Scottish Rite Valley of Williamsport, A.A.S.R, John F. Laedlein Lodge 707, F&AM, South Williamsport, and the American Legion Post 104, Montoursville. Don was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting bear, deer and turkeys, building birdhouses, word searches, and could always be found tinkering. Most of all Don was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and cherished spending time with his family.
Surviving are two sons, R. Donald Waltz Jr. (Debra), of Hughesville, and Douglas W. Waltz (Maureen), of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Katherine A. Heltman (David), of Cogan Station, and Mary M. Lepley (Mark), of Fenwick Island, Del.; six grandchildren, Dusteen, Brian, Desirree, Melinda, Megan, and Danielle; five great-grandchildren, Jameson, Kadin, Camden, Brianna, and Tyler âT.J.ã; four brothers, Charles T. "Tom" Waltz and Glen D. Waltz (Audi), both of Trout Run, Michael L. Waltz (Steve) and Steven J. Waltz (Sue), of Chicago; a sister, Mary Faithe Hartman (Phil), Williamsport; and sister-in-law, Mary Waltz, of Chambersburg.
In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Merl J. Waltz.
A memorial service to honor the life of Don will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, with the Rev. David M. Byerly and the Rev. David Hart co-officiating. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of service at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.
Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family in Wildwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Don's name to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwd, PA 19004, or National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE First St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1101 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.