Richard T. Poltz

Richard T. Poltz, 78 of Afton passed away peacefully Monday, March 4, 2019 at his home with his family.

He was born July 9, 1940, son of the late Joseph and Jenny Pearl (Clark) Poltz in Bainbridge.

Dick married Mary Barnard on October 4, 1958.

Dick served his country in the United States Navy from 1960-64 and was honorably discharged.

He worked for Borden Chemical Co. in Bainbridge for 19 years and owned and operated Dick's Shoe Store in Afton for 25 years. Dick also worked with his wife Mary as owner of Poltz Home for Adults for 16 years.

Dick is survived by:

Beloved Wife of 60 years, Mary Poltz, Afton

Son, James Poltz, Afton

Daughter, Kathie Jo Merrill (Todd Shaw), Afton

Grandchildren, William Harmon (Kathryn Stransburg), Cassie (Michael) Sprague, Scott Merrill, Ryan Merrill

Great Grandchildren – Madicine Kern, Rowan Sprague

Brothers – Joseph (Marge) Poltz, Donald (Judy) Poltz, Jeff (Allison) Poltz

Sisters – Judy (Bob) Frank, Dixy (Bob) Pflug

Sister-in-law – Alice Sines

And several nieces, nephews and cousins

Dick was also predeceased by his Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Robert, Bill and Horace Barnard, Polly Fletcher, Ruth Gunther, Etta Mae Norman and Marian Gladys

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family

Burial will be in Eastside Cemetery in Afton

The family wishes to thank all the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be directed the American Cancer Society

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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel Sidney.