Bruce Stolz

January 2, 1949 - March 7, 2024

01/02/1949 - 03/07/2024

Past Services

Saturday March 16, 2024
11:00 am
Rock Hill presbyterian Church
Bellaire, OH

Bruce Elliott Stolz , loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, went to be with his Heavenly Father Thursday, March 7, 2024.

He was born in North Wheeling Hospital, January 2, 1949 to the late Sydney and Dorothy Jean (Brinker) Stolz.

Bruce was a 1967 graduate of Bellaire High School, attended Kent State University and graduated from West Liberty State College with a Bachelor’s in Education. Always involved in sports, he also played for the former local Semi-pro football team, the Ohio Valley Panthers. His love for sports, and the Bellaire Big Reds, made for a very successful combination. Bruce started as an assistant track coach, later transitioning into Head Track Coach. During his tenure his teams were OVAC Champions in 3A or 4A in eight seasons, 1984 – 1987, and again from 1990 – 1993, with many of his athletes going on to District, Regional and even State Honors. He was also a fixture on the sidelines at Nelson Field for 50 years as an assistant football coach. He took great pride in working as defensive coordinator in his many successful seasons coaching for the Big Reds, but he was most proud of the lasting connections he formed during those years with coaches and athletes alike.

Although Bruce had other interests, he belonged to the Neffs Rod and Gun Club, the Sons of Italy and the Sons of the American Legion, his greatest love was his family.

To those who survive him, Bruce had many titles. To his loving wife of 54 years, Jenna (Higgins) Stolz, he was her beloved “Husband”, the love of her life; to his son Dirk (Lisa) Stolz, he was “Dad”; to his grandchildren Sydney (Dom) Battistelli, Jake Stolz, and his step-grandchildren Cody (Ashlie) LaRoche and Cole LaRoche he was “Pap”; to his brothers Greg and Jeff (Marion) Stolz, he was the “Big Brother” who they knew would always have their backs. Bruce also had many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. To the hundreds of students and athletes that passed through his care, he was “Coach Stolz” well known for wearing shorts 12 months a year.

Family and Friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, 56244 High Ridge Rd., Bellaire, Ohio on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 11:00am with Pastor David Demarest presiding. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in memory of Coach Stolz can be made to the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church Missions or the Bellaire Big Reds Touchdown Club.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 441 37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

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Dave Garloch
1 month ago

I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing….
A big man, with a Big heart, who was always there for those that needed him.
He will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest sympathies & prayers, to his loving family.

Ken Carpenter
1 month ago

So sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Stolz. Sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time.

Heather Mcconnell
1 month ago

Great man. Can not say enough about him

Audree Stephenson
1 month ago
  • I’m so sorry to hear this. I remember Bruce from school. Thoughts & prayers for all his family.
Dom Davolio
1 month ago

Jenna and all the Stolz family, I’m heartbroken for your loss of Bruce. And for our loss of Bruce. When I was 16 years old Bruce had mentioned at football practice one day that he and Jenna were looking for a house to buy in Bellaire. I told Bruce about a home for sale by my home up Shadylane Rd in West Bellaire. Bruce and Jenna bought the home. Myself along with some other teammates that owned pickup trucks moved Bruce and Jenna from 214 to Shadylane and we’ve been neighbors ever since. I will miss my good buddy. Our community has lost a great coach, friend, and neighbor. Prayers to all the family!!

Ernie Blazek
1 month ago

Coach Stoltz will always be remembered as a great coach and friend by Big Reds nation.

Timmy Young
1 month ago

One of my favorite memories in life is walking out of the field house at Nelson Field behind Coach Stolz. His presence kept us focused but also made us ready to run through a wall if we had to. He was a one of the truest Big Reds you’ll ever find. It was a pleasure playing for him and an even better pleasure knowing him, getting hugged by him, and laughing with him. My condolences and prayers are with Jenna and the rest of his family. The entire town is mourning with you. We lost a true legend.

Gordon L.Biggs
1 month ago

My condolences to the Stoltz family.Bruce was a classmate, football teammate,and dear friend.Great human being.I am going to miss my Buddy.Blessings and prayers for the family..

Brant Cwalinski
1 month ago

So sorry for your loss.

Candice Schramm
1 month ago

We are very sorry to hear of his passing. Bruce will be missed by many! Our deepest condolences Thoughts, love and prayers to the family ❤️!