David Leo Voltz, 81, of Sandusky, passed away early Tuesday afternoon, August 3, 2021, at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky.
Born on May 14, 1940, in Sandusky, OH to Robert Aloysius and Amelia Mary Agnes "Molly" (Braeunig) Voltz. David was a 1958 graduate of St. Mary's Catholic High School having served as an altar boy and later as an adult server at St. Mary's Catholic Church where he was a member all of his life. His religion meant a lot to him.
He was a volunteer firefighter with the Perkins Fire Department for 25 years, joining in 1963 when there were 4 fulltime men and 42 vollies. He retired as a Lieutenant in 1988. One heroic event he was involved in was the January 1969 Columbia Gas Pumping Station fire on E. Perkins Avenue. Dave and 3 other firemen, Marvin Garlock, Adam Sternberg (Perkins) and Harry Burdick (Margaretta) volunteered to cap the massive inferno of a ruptured high pressured gas line that cut off heat to Sandusky homes during a very frigid time. At a risk to their lives they completed the task and was successful without incident. He was Fireman of the Year in 1976. A Co-Chairman in 1982 and Chairman of the BGSU Regional NOVFA Fire School from 1983-1988. Elected 2nd V.P. (1986), 1st V.P. (1987) and President in 1988 of the Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Fireman's Association (NOVFA) David was a volunteer with St. Mary's R.C.I.A. for several years and County Cupboard in Amherst, OH and was on an independent financial advisory committee to study Perkins schools finances (FACT) in January 2005.
He was a member of the Erie County Senior Men where he served as secretary, also a member of the IMC and the Sandusky Orioles Club.
David worked for Grill Meats as warehouse manager and later was a materials manager when it was known as Prepared Foods of Sandusky from 1960-1987. He retired for a short time and went back to "school" at SMCHS in 1992 to 2016 as a custodian. He loved that job!
He loved working on his antique cars, going to car meets and spent many years restoring his 1856 farmhouse in Perkins Township. David enjoyed discussing sports with his brother and son and also traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Deborah (Neese) Voltz; his son, Craig D. Voltz of Milan; a step-daughter, Kelli (Cory) Apling of Columbus; his grandson, Tyler Voltz of Milan; two step-grandsons, Brandon (Alissa) Neese of Sandusky and Logan Apling of Columbus; his brother, Thomas Voltz of Cincinnati; a sister, Barbara (Gerald) Harkness of Castalia; his brother-in-law, Dan (Linda) Neese of Plano, TX; and an aunt, Dolores (Braeunig) Berry of Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Also, his faithful Westie furbaby "Barney" also survives him.
David was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal grandparents, Leo and Julia (Eckman) Braeunig; and his paternal grandparents, Alois and Minnie (Hastings) Voltz; a sister-in-law, Joan (Sublet) Voltz; his in-laws, Carl "Tex" and Merilyn "June" (Ehrnsberger) Neese; and his best friend and companion McDuffy "Duffy."
At his request, private family services will be held. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky. A Memorial Mass will be held for David, next week, on Friday morning, August 13, 2021 at 10 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 428 Central Avenue, Sandusky. Fr. Zack Brown officiaiting.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made in David's name to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior Street, Sandusky, OH 44870, Back To The Wild, 4504 Bardshar Road, Castalia, OH 44824, Stein Hospice Service Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, the Perkins Township Fire Department, 3003 Campbell Street, Sandusky, OH 44870 , St. Mary's Central Catholic School Scholarship Fund or Education Foundation, 410 W. Jefferson Street, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to one's favorite charity.
Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.
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