Milton B. "Milt" Lotz, 88, Monticello, passed away at 11:45 p.m., Thursday, May 13, 2021, at White Oak Health Campus.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1932, in Portland, to the late Lester "Les" and Lois (Buckmaster) Lotz. He married the former Ida Pearl Brown on Sept. 10, 1960, in the United Methodist Church in Portland and she preceded him in death on April 18, 2012.
Milt was a 1950 graduate of Portland High School. Milt enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1951 from which he served until September of 1955 and was honorably discharged as an Electricians Mate 1st Class. He was a 1959 graduate of Tri-State College in Angola, now Trine University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
Milt joined Northern Indiana Public Service Company on Sept. 15, 1959, as a junior engineer. He was later transferred and worked in offices in Hammond as a substation engineer, Michigan City as Engineering Supervisor of District Engineering, and later back to Monticello as Superintendent of the Monticello District. In June of 1987 he was promoted to manager of the Monticello District from which he retired March of 1993 after a 33-year career with NIPSCO.
Milt was a member of Monticello Jaycees where he served in all offices and was a past president. He served as president of the Monticello Community Recreation and Swimming Pool. Milt was a Hammond Jaycees member, Calumet region Toastmaster Club, Dunes chapter of Professional Engineers, Michigan City Chapter of Kiwanis Club and Monticello Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the American Legion, Monticello Chamber of Commerce, Monticello Industrial Foundation, and Lake Shafer Welfare Association. Milt was a Boy Scouts of America Council and Advisor. He was president of Twin Lakes School Board 1985 - 1988 and vice president from 1983 - 1985. Milt served as trustee of the Monticello United Methodist Church finance committee, board of directors of the State and Savings Bank, and on the board of advisors at the Monticello Banking Center. Milt was a judge for electrical 4-H projects at the White County Fair. He served on the Twin Lakes School Corporation Wage Council for building projects.
Milt created and established the "Shafer and Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation" which served the purposes of cleaning, maintaining, improving the lakes, and protecting the economies of Monticello and surrounding areas which was later donated by NIPSCO and became the SFLECC.
He is survived by his children, Teresa A. (Brian) Shaffer, Monticello, Michael V. (Sarah) Lotz, Monticello, Eric W. Lotz, Lafayette; sister-in-law, Helen (Jack) Rouch, Portland; companion, Donna Carr, Monticello; grandchildren, Christopher George Manis, Joseph Buckmaster Manis, Scott Dylan Manis, Katie Joan Lotz, Levi Michael Lotz, Tessa Mae Lotz, Lia Marie Lotz, and Tanner Zane Lotz; step-grandchildren, Kevin Ryan Shaffer and Kimberly Ann Shaffer; and great-grandchildren, Brailyn Rae Catherine Manis, Elijah Dylan Doughty Manis, Trey Christopher Manis, Calleigh Jo Manis, and Brynn Marie Manis.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Meredith J. Lotz and sisters, Harriett Adair and Lois Jane England.
Visitation will be from noon until the time of services celebrating Milt's life at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 22 at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello. Close family friend, Rick Forrester will officiate services.
Funeral services will also be streamed live at 2 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 22 using the following link: https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1138409
and will be available for 70 days thereafter.
Private burial will be in Hughes Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Paralyzed Veterans of America
or to Wounded Warriors
. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or donors may send contributions directly to the charity of choice
listed if more convenient.
Family and friends are encouraged to share a photo, a memory, or a message of condolence at www.springerfuneralhome.com
Published by The Monticello Herald Journal from May 18 to May 25, 2021.