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Glenn R. Waltz

September 30, 1935 — April 6, 2024

St. Helen

Glenn R. Waltz, 88, of Saint Helen, Michigan, passed away on April 6th, 2024, at the Villa of West Branch.
Glenn was born in Flint, MI on September 30, 1935, to Louise Hayward and Walter Waltz.
After graduating from Ortonville High in 1953, then attending classes at GMI, he worked in Skilled Trades for 34 years at Chevrolet Manufacturing, retiring in 1986.  
He married Janet Haslock in Clarkston on July 27, 1957; in the late 50’s, he served in the United States Army, in communications.
In Glenn’s younger days, he raised rabbits (thinking he’d earn a fortune), hunted, fished and sailed every chance he could. He loved Lake St. Helen, Tigers Baseball, coached church softball, and taught Sunday school for many years. He was a pretty good ping-pong player and loved to shoot pool.
Glenn was an incredible handyman and teacher to his two sons, Jeff and Dan. Glenn’s real passion though, was for his wife Jan, of nearly 67 years, and of course CHESS. You can’t talk about Glenn without talking about chess. He played multiple games a day, read every chess book available and competed in internet chess around the globe. He absolutely loved and lived the game, over the years belonging to several chess clubs.
Glenn was a husband, a devoted father, a brother, an uncle, a grandpa, a great grandfather, and he set a perfect example to all on how to be just an all-around great person.
He is survived by his wife Jan Waltz; sons, Jeffrey (Kim) Waltz and Daniel (Candis) Waltz; brother Gordon “Butch” Alvord, grandchildren: Andrew, Timothy, David & Angela (Scott) and adopted grandson, Eric; and great-granddaughters, Hailey & Ashley; many nieces & nephews.

Glenn was predeceased by his parents, Walter Waltz and Louise Case; sister Patricia Crabtree; mother-in-law, Eileen (Haslock) Buysse; father-in-law, James Haslock; special step-father James Algoe; all grandparents; nieces, LeAnn Alvord and Julianne Shaw; brothers-in-law Sonee Johnson & Elmer Crabtree. 

Glenn was a member of UAW Local 659, US Chess Federation, Michigan Chess Assoc. and Carter Woods POA.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held for Glenn on April 28th, from 4-7 PM at Jen's Hen House, 1965 N. St. Helen Road, Saint Helen, Michigan (Glenn's Happy Place when he wasn't home). Interment will be held 2:30 PM Monday, May 20, 2024 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, with military honors. Cremation has already taken place. Tributes may be shared at

Sharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 6063 Fenton Road, Grand Blanc is in charge of arrangements.
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