Ronald Mark Boltz, 68, Akron Council member, youth soccer coach, dies

By on February 20, 2013

Ronald Mark Boltz

Ronald Mark Boltz of Akron passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at the age of 68. Five years after being diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the illness claimed his life but never his spirit. He was the husband of Joan Gilardone Boltz for 43 years.

Ron was a graduate of Ephrata High School, where he was president of his class, and Elizabethtown College. He was president of Bareville Garment Corporation, and served on the board of G.R. Kleinfelter Underwriters, Inc.

Active in his community, Ron was a member of Akron Borough Council, where he served as Chairman of Parks and Personnel and also as vice president for the past eight years. During his time on council, he was instrumental in the development of the Rails to Trails project and the improvement of Akron’s park system. He also helped to form the Akron Youth Soccer Club and coached the sport for 15 years.

Ron was member of LCBC, Manheim, and an active participant in the church’s Men’s Fraternity program. Previously, he was a member of First United Methodist Church in Ephrata.

A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Ephrata Lodge 665 for 45 years; the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection; the Reading Consistory; the Lancaster County club of the Reading Consistory; and the Lancaster County Shrine Club.

He enjoyed model trains, following the Philadelphia Phillies and spending time outdoors, especially at a family camp near Wellsboro.

Born in Akron, Ron was the son of the late Mark L. and Annabelle Witwer Boltz. He is survived by his wife: Joan; son: Alan Boltz, husband of Michelle; daughters: Anne Marie Andrew, wife of Corey, and Amy Regina, wife of Michael; grandchildren: Emily, Aaron, Ian, Evan and Riley; brother: Kenneth Boltz, husband of Elaine; niece: Stacy Artz; nephew: Christopher Boltz-Keller; and uncle: Ray Boltz, husband of Ari.

A viewing was held Feb. 19 at Gravenor Home for Funerals. Friends, family and co-workers are also invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Ron’s life on Saturday, March 9 at 4 p.m. at LCBC, 6 Hahnstown Rd., Ephrata.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia at or 215-643-5434. Please visit the site to learn more about ALS and the families it affects.

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