John R. Bortz

November 26, 1946July 25, 2013

John R. Bortz, 66, of Harrisburg, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Holy Spirit Hospital. He was born November 26, 1946 in Bedford, PA; he was the son of the late George R. Bortz. Surviving is his wife, Marjorie A. Griffiths Bortz; 3 sons, John Nicklaus Bortz, wife, Jenn, of New Cumberland, Robert Griffiths, of Cathedral City, CA, and Jeffrey Griffiths, of Harrisburg; his mother, Margaret V. (Ott) Bortz; his brother, Jeff L. Bortz, wife, Joanne; his sister, Candace L. (Bortz) Secrest, husband, Rodney, all of Bedford; nephew, Justin Secrest; and 3 nieces, Brandee Bortz, Becky Bortz and Maggie Secrest. John retired from the PA Turnpike Commission as a Credit and Collection Manager, with 35 years of service; and was a graduate of Robert Morris University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hummelstown, Trinity Lutheran Church, Bedford, Hole in One Club, Bedford Elks Lodge and the Hershey Italian Lodge. He was an avid and competitive golfer, enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, and a Steeler’s fan. A graveside service will be held 11:30 AM Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 4855 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisburg Area Humane Society, 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111 or to an animal shelter of your choice.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 30, 2013

John R. Bortz

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Janeen Goodrich

August 26, 2013

Dear Marjorie,
My deepest prayers to you and the family.

Dorothea Sarteschi

August 3, 2013

John was the best boss I ever worked for in the years I worked before my retirement. He was also my friend. He respected me and did a lot of wonderful things for me. I missed him when he retired and the same in his death. Thank you John for everything and especially for being my friend. You were a wonderful man and a good friend. This world has a loss where heaven has gained a good man. Your family and friends shall all miss you.

August 3, 2013

John was the best boss I ever had in my working life. He also became a good friend. I was sad when he retired and more so that he has now left this world. We shall all miss him here, but I have to say that God got himself a good man in heaven. I shall miss you John but will never forget our time together or how respectful, kind and good you were to me. You were the best!!
Dorothea Sarteschi

Deborah Fries

August 2, 2013

John was my first childhood friend. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My love to Peg and condolences to all his family.

Steve Ott

August 1, 2013

Sadly, I learned of your passing through the internet. The many good years and many good times will always remain very special to me. My condolences to all.

John Scott

July 30, 2013

My heart felt sympathoy goes out to all of you. The world was a better place with John in it. Marge, John, Jeff and Robert, my prayers are with you. Rest easy my friend, its all about the "U". :)

July 30, 2013

We will both miss the good times we had at the Wharf. Hit it straight and long. Rest in peace.
Don and Bonnie [The Wharf]

Scott Saxman

July 29, 2013

I was saddened to hear about John's passing. I hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of loss.

Sincerest condolences ,


July 29, 2013

SENIOR - You are GREATLY missed! We will never forget you and the great times!!!!

Renai Lauver & Family

July 29, 2013

Thinking of you at the difficult time with love and smypathy.

Renai, Scott and Family