Gary Allen Volz, 65, of Amana, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in the comfort of his home following a noble two-year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 8100 Roncalli Dr., Cedar Rapids, with Father Dustin Vu officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. A private burial will take place at a later date. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com.
Gary was born Aug. 16, 1953, to David and Susan (Primrose) Volz in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Lori Brenneman on July 24, 1976, in Norway, Iowa, where they were later blessed with three children.
He worked for many years in the automotive industry, and later spent 22 years as an engineer for Kinze Manufacturing. He also operated GnL Engineering, a business that he and Lori started together over eight years ago. Gary was the guy who could do anything, truly a jack of all trades. He was the "go-to-guy" for friends and family who needed help with anything.
Driven by his strong faith, he never took life's blessings for granted, and would often tell others how blessed and thankful he was for the life he had been given, even in the face of trial and illness.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Lori; son, Shane Volz of Tiffin; daughters, Jodi (Denny) Ballard of Amana and Heidi Hollenbeck of Swisher; seven grandchildren, whom he adored and spent so much time with, Mitchell and Trevor Volz, Nolan, Brayden, Aubrey and Gianna Ballard, and Malea Hollenbeck; and siblings, Linda (John) Frese, Dee (Peter) Vesanovic, Deb (Jerry) Kiwala, Bruce (Cherie) Volz and Keith (Kay) Volz.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and infant sister, Connie.
Gary inspired many with his courage and will to fight. He was blessed with many amazing doctors and care staff throughout that journey. His family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at UIHC, St. Luke's, PCI Oncology and Essence of Life Hospice.
Memorials may be directed to St. John XXIII and Essence of Life Hospice.
Brosh Funeral Service of Norway is assisting the family.