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Lester G. Shontz Jr.


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Lester G. Shontz Jr. Obituary
Lester "Bud" Grant Shontz Jr., 92, of Penn Hills and Lake Mary, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at his Oakmont home, with his children by his side. Bud was born March 25, 1925, in Pittsburgh, to the late Lester Grant Shontz Sr. and Bernice Yakel Shontz. His family history is traceable eight generations back into America's history. His ancestor, Christian Shontz, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1717 and at least 16 Shontz family members served with Pennsylvania regiments in the Civil War. Bud attended Wilkinsburg High School and met the true love of his life, Ruth Montrose (Shontz). In July 1943, Bud enlisted in the Army and was sent to Normandy via Omaha Beach in 1944. He served in Germany, Belgium and France with the 1st Infantry "Big Red One" during the height of World War II. He fought his way through the winters of '44 and '45 in the dense enemy controlled forests of Northern Germany and Belgium, including the Battle of the Bulge. Private Shontz was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in Germany. Bud also was awarded two Purple Hearts for his wounds sustained during his service. Bud was able to make it safely home and marry his high school sweetheart, Ruth, on Valentines Day 1946. They were happily married 67 years until her death in 2013. Bud joined the Penn Hills Police Department in 1954. During his career there, he secured funding to create and staff a new juvenile division. He was the Lieutenant in charge of this division and helped many youth in the community. He later rose to commanding officer overseeing juvenile, narcotics and detective divisions. He retired from PHPD in 1979 with 25 years of accomplished service to the community. Bud was also a Master Mason and later a 32 degree Shriner. After Bud's wife, Ruth, retired from the Penn Hills Schools, they traveled and moved to Florida. Bud enjoyed his lakefront property, as he was an avid fisherman and helped stock the lake for others to enjoy as well. He liked gardening and sharing his citrus crop, as well as playing golf and spending time at the ocean. Bud will be remembered by many for his caring and generous spirit and his joy of life and deep love for his family. His love and devotion to them will never be forgotten. He was their constant source of inspiration and strength to believe in themselves and their abilities. Left behind to cherish his memory are his son, Larry Shontz and wife Gloria; his daughter, Melissa Shontz and husband, Gary Marchese; and his four grandchildren,: Lexis and Hunter Shontz and Daniel and Maggie Marchese.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Churchill Cemetery, Churchill Road, Pittsburgh, with Lutheran burial and full Army military honors.
Contributions in Bud's memory may be sent to the Police Helping People Daily (PHPD) Fund c/o Penn Hills Police, 12245 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 12535, Attn: Detective Trogler. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Bud's family at www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/pittsburgh-pa/lester-shontz-7757175.
Published in Penn Hills on Apr. 19, 2018
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