Russell C. Wantz

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Russell Carl Wantz, 91, of Westminster, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House.

Born July 20, 1921, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Sherman Elias and Marie Christine Seiland Wantz. He was the husband of Geraldine "Gerry" Atkinson Wantz, his wife of almost 43 years.

He was a veteran of the Army, having served in World War II. He had been a building contractor for many years. He was the former owner of Wantz Construction in Gamber.

He was an avid oil painter, enjoyed traveling, and reading early American history, in particular George Washington. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church in Eldersburg.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons and daughters-in-law James and Barbara Wantz, of Baltimore, and Ed and Pam Hobbs, of Hampstead; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Chris Franz, of Marriottsville; brothers and sister-in-law Robert V. and Diana L. Wantz, of Saginaw, Mich., and Carl and Steven Byrne, both of Baltimore; sister and brother-in-law Helen and Ernest Dawson, of Ellicott City; and grandchildren Kenny Green, Jennifer and Andrew Hobbs, and Lauren and Thomas Franz.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lynda I. Green; and a brother, Sherman P. Wantz.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the memorial service, 6 p.m. Friday at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; or Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.

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Haight Funeral Home & Chapel
6416 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on June 26, 2013
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