COLUMBUS - Neil Kirby Lantz, age 74, passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2014, while on a Hawaiian cruise with his wife of 49 years, Janet Snader Lantz.
Neil was born in Urbana, Ohio on November 5, 1939. He was a member of the first graduating class of Graham Local High School in 1958. He received a BA in Education from The University of Findlay, and a Masters Degree in Education from Xavier University. Neil worked 33 years in education: working for Hamilton Township schools, the Gahanna School System, and retiring from the Groveport Madison schools as a School Administrator.
Neil will be greatly missed by his wife, Janet; son, Kirby (Michelle) Lantz; daughter, Kelly (Jon) Wilkins; and 4 grandchildren: Mia and Carter Lantz and Katie and Josh Wilkins. Also grieving at this time is his sister Nan (Lynn) Geuy, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, S. Tritt Lantz and Claire Lucas Lantz Tappy; and sister, Shirley (Herman); and their son, Stephen Pence. Neil was an avid Ohio State University fan. He loved sports and will miss having the opportunity to share his love of basketball and outdoor sports with his grandchildren.
Despite having traveled extensively with Janet's family, anyone who knew Neil will tell you he was his happiest at "South Ridge" (Trimble, Ohio). Neil will be remembered for always having a story to tell. He shared himself with everyone he met. His mantra was: "be aware of how Attitude, Perception and Choice affect your life."
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Neil will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Xenos Christian Fellowship, 1934 N. 4th St., Columbus, Ohio 43201, where family will receive friends from 2 p.m.- 4p.m. Guests are invited to stay after the service for a gathering of friends and family as we celebrate the life of Neil Lantz. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Neil Lantz Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 307276, Columbus, OH 43230. Please visit http://www.forevermissed.com/neil-kirby-lantz/ to share a favorite memory or to extend condolences. Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST CHAPEL.