Milton B "Milt" Lotz
1932 - 2021
BORN
1932
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home - Monticello
202 South Illinois Street
Monticello, IN
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.
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22
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22
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So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Having him for a boss for many years was great. Deepest sympathy!
Debra Herget
Coworker
June 1, 2021
Milt’s presence in the Monticello community will be greatly missed.
Our condolences to the family.
Jerry and Jean Phelps
Coworker
May 24, 2021
My condolences to the Lotz family on Milt's passing. Milt was a true leader, teacher, mentor and friend. Most people don't realize the extreme effort that Milt exhibited while leading the effort to restore power to thousands during the 1991 Monticello/Kentland Ice Storm.
Milt will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Dean Jumper
Coworker
May 21, 2021
We're so sorry for the passing of your father.
Steve & Debra Herget
Coworker
May 21, 2021
So sorry to hear Milt had passed. I golfed with Milt 3 mornings a week for many years. Was looking forward to golfing with him again this year. My condolences to the family. Tom Werner
Tom Werner
Friend
May 18, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the Lotz family.
Jeff Winings
Acquaintance
May 18, 2021
Teresa, Mike and Eric,

Cheryl and I extend our condolences to you in the loss of your dad. Milt and Ida were friends during our years in the Monticello community. Of course, Ida was a school nurse and Milt served admirably on the TL School Board for two terms during the time I was the Superintendent of Schools. Milt was always a strong advocate of TL children. We worked very hard to deliver strong educational programs and provide the facilities to accomplish those programs. His leadership on the board reflected his clear understanding of good management principles from his years with NIPSCO.

Rod and Cheryl Rich
Rod and Cheryl Rich
Friend
May 17, 2021
Teresa, Mike and Eric. So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I sat with him many times around the table of knowledge at Kinser's. He was always fun to visit with.
Galen Logan
Friend
May 17, 2021
I’ll miss playing Sunday night euchre in Circlewood with Milt. Can hardly believe he was 88(!)
Tina Putney
Friend
May 16, 2021
Milt will be missed in our Circlewoods community. We will miss his smiling face and interesting stories.
Bret and Peggi Bartels
May 16, 2021
Milt was a fun guy with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He loved dancing at our Circlewood dances. He will be missed by his Florida friends.
Carol & Larry Small
May 16, 2021
Ida and kids, So sorry to read of Milt's passing. I had the pleasure of starting my Nipsco career in Monticello in1975 under Milt and Chuck Wray. Both were outstanding individuals who taught me alot about the utility business and to build respect within your "work family". May the peace of God flood your hearts during these difficult days. Jim and Cyndy Hallar.
Jim Hallar
Coworker
May 14, 2021
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