Born December 17, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York
Departed December 23, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida
George Charles Lortz, 71, passed away at his home on the morning of December 23, 2023 after losing his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. George was born on December 17, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York to George Frederick Lortz and Lillian Lortz (Roth), both deceased.
George was a family man who cherished good bourbon, good music, and his award-winning Datsun 240Z. He worked in the defense contracting industry for most of his life, to include 30 years at Northrop Grumman in Melbourne where he was a key part of the J-STARS project.
George is survived by his wife Marianne Lortz of Melbourne, his son Michael Lortz of Tampa, his son Bryan Lortz of Melbourne, his grandson Dorian Lortz of Melbourne, granddaughter Shelby Braden of Palm Bay, his great grandsons, Robert and Daniel, and other beloved family members.
He was preceded in death by his son, Eric George Lortz, who passed away in 1991.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935-6520 on Sunday, February 11th from 1pm to 5pm. There will be food and a service at 1:30pm.
Donations in George’s name can be made to Victory Junction (Victory Junction), 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317-9915.
A tribute video of George's life can be found at:
Gonna miss you, Dad.
George you will be missed! However, never to part from our memories, you are in our hearts. We know you are smiling and driving your "Z" around in heaven with Eric. Our love to you, Marianne, Michael, Bryan and Dorian.
Love Always, Kathy and Charles
George was a wonderful guy & great friend. We met back in June 1987 when my husband & Artie and him worked together on our beloved J Stars program. We spent lots of time together with our family’s , so many great memories and laughs. It was heartbreaking to hear of his loss. My heart goes out to his wife
Marianne of 48 years, his sons & grandchildren. ❤️🙏😘🥲
George was a key contributor to the JStars labs and aircraft. He could be depended on to complete any task with professionalism and confidence. George had the ability to ferret out the root cause of problems and to provide timely and workable solutions. He was missed by NG, and me, the day he retired, and he will be greatly missed even more now. Godspeed George!
George was a good man. I worked closely with him on the Joint Stars program. He will be missed very much. My condolences go out to his family. God has an amazing way of bringing family and friends together with great memories during this difficult time.
George was my good friend who I attended many cars shows with his help with my wheelchair, I miss his kindness and friendship dearly.
I will certainly miss George's "particular" sense of humor... He was a good man to know.
My sincere condolences and sympathy to Marianne, Mike, Bryan and the entire Lortz family. I have many fond memories of cousin George from our days as young boys in New York. Rest in peace, cousin.
Mr. George will be surely missed. Prayers to Grandma, Brian, Mike and the kids!! Our condolences to the family.