Barry Eugene Panza

Born: Sat., Apr. 15, 1944
Died: Sun., Jun. 18, 2017

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Barry Eugene Panza

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, & Brother -

Barry Eugene Panza, age 73, of Thompsontown, went home to be with Jesus with his loving wife by his side on Sunday, June 18, 2017.  Barry was born on Saturday, April 15, 1944 in Mechanicsburg to the late Foster A. Panza Sr. and Rhoda E. (Smith) Panza. 

Barry’s survivors include his wife of 18 years, Patsy Jean (Martin) Panza; his five children: Michelle Range and her husband, Todd, and their children: Hannah, Hailee, and Hayden, of St. Augustine, FL, Bryan Panza and his sons: Hunter and Bryce, of Mesa, AZ, Bevan Panza and his son, Baren, of Corpus Christi, TX, Kristen Price of Thompsontown, PA, Keri Garrison and her husband, Tim, and their children, Tenley and Tavish, of Austin, TX; his brother, Foster A. Panza, Jr. and his wife, Mary Ann, of Hernando, FL; and his beloved cats, who meant the world to him: Stubbie, Hooie, Daisy, Sonny, and Fuzzy Butt.

Barry graduated from Mechanicsburg High School as part of the class of 1963 and he proudly served in the United States Navy.  For those who knew Barry Panza, he was an exceptional father, husband, manager, cutup, prankster, and friend.  He loved his eight cats (yes, eight) and going antiquing with his wife.  He made everyone feel comfortable around him; no one was a stranger around Barry. His co-workers highly respected him; not because he demanded it, but because he earned it.  Barry excelled in crisis management; both while being employed with various airlines after getting out of the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic in the 1960’s Vietnam Era and during his 30 years with the Department of Defense.  He managed seven aircraft manufacturing and repair shops at once and designed numerous composite tools.  His development, research, and engineering skills while working for the DoD earned him various awards from the Department of the Army, including those that had a first year savings in excess of $7 million and withstood AAA Congressional Audits for Boeing. 

He was a maintenance director and Division Chief at the New Cumberland Army Depot and the Corpus Christi Army Depot.  He always said that, “if it weren’t for the Texas heat, I’d still be doing it.” He retired in 1997 when he and his wife, Patsy, moved to Pennsylvania where they continued his creative development skills with a wood crafting business selling thousands of products locally, nationally, and abroad.  He loved working in his 6,000 square foot shop, which he referred to as, “The Shed.” In fact, you could always bet that Barry, on any given day, was in his shop creating and building something new or smoking brisket on his smoker trailer.  There is absolutely no doubt he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.  Barry Panza was ready when his Father Jesus called him home on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017 and the first thing he probably heard when he walked through those pearly gates was, “maintenance!” and he quickly began assessing, managing, and working alongside his Father on Father’s Day, in his new Home. We love you Barry! We love you so much!!

Barry’s family will be remembering his life privately.  Cremation was private.

Contributions in celebration of Barry’s life can be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111-5417,

Barry’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Barry’s full obituary, view picture, and sign his official guest book at

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Patsy Panza
   Posted Wed June 21, 2017
There has never been a woman on earth that had a man as dedicated and kind to his wife. I was truly blessed beyond measure. I am looking forward to being with you again someday sweetheart. It was so heartbreaking to let you go, but I knew you were ready. You had suffered long enough. I have vowed to fill my new earthly home in Texas with all the "treasures" we collected together so that I can look at each piece, smile, and remember each special trip, each special bit of excitement we shared with each purchase and pretend you are with me again. I will look up to heaven and kiss you, if only in my heart, until I can be with you again. I love you, Patsy

Dusty Rhodes
   Posted Wed June 21, 2017
I met Barry while working with Patsy. He was a joy to be around for the short time I knew him. You could tell that he really cared about his family and helping others. He was a mechanical genius and could fix about anything. I am sure we will see him again in heaven if he not to busy helping the angels fix something. God speed Barry.

david barber
   Posted Thu June 22, 2017
foster and family: may your hearts be filled with peace and hope during this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

our love dave & Sharon barber

Anthony Murlin
   Posted Thu June 22, 2017
Barry is one of my favorite friends, we go way back as far as I want to remember. Barry talked me into moving to Corpus Christi and we worked to make things better there. He put me in charge of projects to better projects at the depot. He knew I could do it and I did to make him proud of me. Barry I will always love you and his wife Patsy will know that, because you did sing that song better than anyone I know, Love you Brother forever!!! Best friend and Best Brother forever, we are two of a kind in one way or another, see you there sometime!!!

Dave Kurtz
   Posted Thu June 22, 2017
Foster and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Barry's passing. He was a good friend over the years, a vital member of the Class of 63, football running back, track runner, Indian dance team member and Navy man and so much more. He will be missed but I know he will be in God's loving arms.

Michael Tucci, Jr.
   Posted Fri June 23, 2017
I know that Patsy, and Barry's entire family, will miss him greatly. I am Barry's first cousin who didn't get to see him enough. But my memories from our childhood until today are vivid, including the Panza "family reunion" that Barry and Patsy hosted at their Thompsontown residence several years ago.
Rest in peace, Barry.

Ed Dyer
   Posted Sat June 24, 2017
I'm sorry to learn of Barrys' passing. We knew each other in high school.

Mark Jordan
   Posted Sun June 25, 2017
Barry was my third cousin from the PANZA line. My mom being Louise T. Panza. I only met him a few times at some Panza functions in Steelton, but he seemed like a great and fun guy. I was too young to recall much. I know us Steelton/Harrisburg Panzas enjoyed his few visits. He was always mentioned as one of the smarter people in the family! Rest in Peace Barry.

Linda Rudy
   Posted Sun June 25, 2017
Sorry to hear of Barry's death. I pray his wife, children, grandchildren,extended family and friends can feel God's loving arms surrounding them during this most difficult time. Just looked at a pic of a gathering of local class members for lunch and there was Barry's smile. You will be missed Barry.

Lonnie Crowell
   Posted Tue June 27, 2017
I met Barry at Bass Pro Shops and didn't know what to make of him at first, but he turned out to be much more than a manager. He turned into a wonderful friend and mentor. We joked around a lot and got a lot of work done at the same time. I'm going to miss him and am going to remember all the good times we had and keep him in my heart.

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