HARTFORD CITY – William E. Schantz, 89, of Hartford City, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Indiana University
Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie.
Bill was born in Beech Grove on February 9, 1925, to Edward J. and Emma (Schlick) Schantz.
He lived most of his life in Hartford City.
Bill graduated from Hartford City High School in 1942, attended Purdue University
, West Lafayette, and graduated from Tri-State University, Angola, with a degree in drafting and engineering. Then he worked as a draftsman at Lear Corp., Piqua, Ohio, during the war.
On July 22, 1950, he married Patricia McCaffrey in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hartford City.
Bill was owner of Hartford Concrete Products, Hartford City, for 50 years, a company started by his father, Edward Schantz. At his retirement he sold the company to his employees. Hartford Concrete was more than a job to Bill – it was an important way he invested in the community and his employees were important to him.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hartford City, and Knights of Columbus #1639.
Bill was a member of the board of directors of the original Citizen's First State Bank and served on Hartford City Library Board. He was a founding member of Blackford Community Choir and also sang in the church choir for over 50 years.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia; a son, John (Trudy) Ryan, of Logansport; five daughters, Laura (Randy) Baird, of Fremont, Kathryn (Todd) Helmke, of Fort Wayne, Joanne (Greg) Leach, of Angola, Karen (Rich) Uggen, of Hartford City, and Julie (Paul) McCarthy, of Carmel; 15 grandchildren, Shelley Haines, Sean Ryan, Ashley Hetherington, Elamie Hartman, Brittany Helmke, Austin Helmke, Chad Helmke, Evan Leach, Lauren Leach, Landon Leach, Anya Uggen, Ammee Uggen, Max Uggen, Will Uggen and Luke McCarthy; six great-grandchildren.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dave Newton at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at Waters Funeral Home, 501 W. Washington St., Hartford City, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the church.
A Christian Wake Service will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made in the form of masses, the donor's favorite charity or to Blackford County Community Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.watersfuneralhomes.com