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Jack Lewis Stolz

Apr 6, 2016

Jack Stolz of Allentown died peacefully in his sleep on March 26 at the age of 87. The son of Fred R. and Edythe (Shoemaker) Stolz, Jack grew up in Muncy and Allentown, PA and graduated from Allentown High School before joining the Air Force in 1949. Jack served as a mechanic with the 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing during the Korean War and stayed in touch with others from his unit for the rest of his life. After returning from Korea Jack attended Lehigh University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and began working at Air Products.

A consummate engineer, Jack loved his work. If it needed to be fixed, designed, or improved, the “Jack of all trades” was the man to ask. During his 35 years at Air Products, Jack worked on a variety of global projects, retiring with four patents to his name. Outside of work, Jack had a passion for the Chevrolet Corvair he rebuilt from the ground up, golf, Lehigh wrestling, his perfectly manicured yard, and traveling the USA. He was an active volunteer at St. Thomas More Church and the Da Vinci Center, both in Allentown. But mostly, he was a husband, father and grandfather who helped with Scout badges, school projects, car maintenance, and all manner of home improvement projects. He was beloved by all and will be sorely missed.

Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marian (Lawrence), and their three daughters, Susan McCauley and husband Sean of Allentown, Margaret Oehmke and husband John of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Catherine Hackney and husband John of Wilmington, DE; and seven grandchildren, Ryan, Shannon, Meagan, Joseph, Elizabeth and husband Ted Washabaugh, Tanner and Taylor.

Jack’s life was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church 1040 Flexer Ave. Allentown, PA, on Thursday, March 31, with a gathering at 10:00 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements were by the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. www.jsburkholder.com