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H. Robert Lantz

H. Robert Lantz

MANSFIELD: H. Robert Lantz, 91, of Mansfield, passed away at 5:15 AM on January 23, 2013 at North Central Hospice of Ashland.

He was born August 27, 1921, in his family's home at 254 S. Mulberry St., to the late Harry Wood and Hazel Cashell Lantz. He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Maxine Lantz (March 2002) and great-granddaughter Kaitlyn Whitesel (June 29, 2005) with whom he has now joined in Heaven.

Bob was a World War II Marine Veteran from 1942-1946 and served in the South Pacific. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, he commenced working at the family flower milling business; Lantz Mills, Inc. Lantz Mills was his main employment with the exception of five years in Iowa and Minnesota, where he was a poultry pathologist. Bob briefly worked with the Ohio Bureau of Unemployment in Ashland, OH, when family commitment necessitated his return to the daily operations of Lantz Mills.

Bob was a man committed to helping those around him. In his younger days, his involvement in community service and city government kept him and his family busy. During his life, he also was a member of the Mansfield Lions Club, The Elks, The Republican Party and local school PTA's and school organizations. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Wheat Millers Assn, the Ohio State Wheat Miller Assn and served one term as a Councilman on the Mansfield City Council and also served as a precinct committeeman. As President of the Richland County Fair Board, he became known as "Father Fair" for the work he did in locating and finalizing the arrangements for the purchase of the current Richland Co. Fairgrounds, which is located on Lantz Road.

Bob's family and church activities were very important to him. This commitment led to taking family and Park Avenue Baptist's youth groups for evenings of Christmas caroling, weekend retreats in Lakeside, OH, and camping at various camp grounds.

One of Bob's lasting memories was when he, along with other WW II Veterans, were given their day of celebration by our country to show appreciation and gratitude for their military sacrifice on an Honor Flight trip to Washington DC to visit their memorials.

Bob is survived by his three children, Robert B. (Rock) (Diana) from Westerville, Patricia K. Sanders (Don) from Elyria and M. Jody Vance (Leslie K.) from Mt. Vernon, OH. Additionally are his beloved grandchildren, Michelle Whitesel (Don), Don Sanders (Leanne), Bob Sanders (Joanne), Lori Smith (Joe), Kelly Lantz, Stacy Adkins (Jay), Andrea Curry (Eric), Brad Vance (Kristen) and Keith Vance (Jennifer) all of whom he was so proud. He is blessed with 15 great grandchildren. Sincere thanks go to Nancy Cox Allen, Gene Traxler, Louise Dickson and Jo Earnshaw for their loyal friendship since Maxine's passing.

No words of gratitude can express how Bob's family feels about the care and friendships he developed at Sterling House-Mansfield. The Sterling House employees and residents became another family to Dad as he waited for his out of town family to come for visits.

Bob's journey through life made a positive difference for us all and will continue to be paid forward as his friends and family remember him.

Bob's service will be held at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and conducted by Rev. Richard Beal and Pastor David Pound. Visitation will be held at the same location one hour prior to the service. There will be graveside military honors at Mansfield Cemetery following the service conducted by the United States Marines.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Honor Flight (Columbus) Organization, P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, OH 43212 or Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805.

Online guest registry at www.wappner.com

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Published in the News Journal on Jan. 24, 2013
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