Ray William Bortz, 86, of North Falmouth died at home on June 28 after a long illness.
He was the husband of Doris A. (Swavely) Bortz; they celebrated 60 years of marriage in April.
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Ruth Ann and Ralph Bortz.
Mr. Bortz settled in Falmouth in 1978 after a career in the United States Air Force. He retired with the rank of chief master sergeant and was awarded many medals and ribbons and a Bronze Star during his service.
After enlisting in 1952, he was stationed across the US and also in Germany. While at his posting in Neubrucke, Germany, he was able to explore many countries with his family including France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein and Holland. He fell in love with Cape Cod while stationed at Otis Air Force Base serving with the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron and decided to make it his home for his retirement years.
He enjoyed boating, fishing and shellfishing and was a volunteer water tester for the Buzzards Bay Coalition. He also participated in a bowling league for several years.
A man of faith, Mr. Bortz was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
He leaves four children, Bradley Bortz, Karla Bortz, Brian Bortz and Karen Bisienere; three grandchildren, Ellysia Moreis, Leanne Amorim and Katelyn Bortz; two great-grandchildren; and other family.
Visiting hours will be Monday, July 6, from 4 to 6 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.
A funeral home service will be Tuesday, July 7, at 10 AM, followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.