Bill Lantz, 81, of Kellerton, IA, passed away on June 2, 2022, at Des Moines Methodist Hospital. Bill was a very kind and thoughtful man. He valued the time he spent with his family and friends. He was a quiet, private man with a sly sense of humor. He will be truly missed.
Billie Lee Lantz was born on October 20, 1940, to Vernon and Vera Lantz, at their home in Ringgold County. Bill spent his childhood living and enjoying farm life in Ringgold County. Bill spoke fondly of helping his parents, grandparents and other family members with the different aspects of farm life. Bill spent several summers of his youth working for neighboring farmers and at his Aunt Melrose’s strawberry farm in Illinois and assisted his Uncle Lloyd in Colorado with various road crew tasks for the Alaska pipeline.
Bill attended the Beaconsfield School until it closed in 1958. He graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1959. On August 7, 1960, he was united in marriage to Verlea Stewart. To this union three daughters were born: Denise Ann, Tanya Deneen, Cherri Renee.
Bill and Verlea started their life journey farming but exchanged it for a life in the city. Bill attended Indian Hills Community College to obtain a degree in Computer Sciences. After graduating from this program, Bill accepted a position at a Burlington Bank and Trust in Burlington, IA working with their computers. As his family grew, Bill chose to go to work for J.I. Case starting in the office as a computer tech in Burlington. He came to realize that welding would bring in more income for his family so Bill continued to work at Case as a welder and a union representative until his retirement. After his retirement, Bill and Verlea sold their home and traveled the country revisiting favorite family vacation spots and discovering new places. Bill and Verlea spent many of their summers working as Park Attendants for various campgrounds and wintering in Texas.
After Verlea passed in 2014, Bill planned to spend the rest of his life in his Burlington apartment watching sports and living a very quiet life. Fortunately, his plans changed after reconnecting with a former high school classmate, Pauline “Sally” Woollums. After connecting with Sally, Bill gained a few more kids: Garey (Rhonda) Woollums, Brenda (John) Lillard, Steven (Deborah) Woollums, Laura (Michael) Gilman; along with the entire Woollums family.
Bill and Sally have spent the last several years enjoying each other’s company. Attending auctions and collecting various treasures, traveling to different places and visiting with family and friends. They enjoyed being together doing the ordinary day to day things, conversing with each other about the places and people they both knew, and just being there for each other. Bill and Sally made a home together in Kellerton, IA.
Left behind to mourn his passing is: his companion, Sally Woollums; his daughters, Denise Nelson (Glenn), Tanya Shanstrom (Todd), Cherri James (Jon); his grandchildren: Lacey (JR) Henderson, Kendra (Steve) Smith, Colton (Stacy) Shanstrom, Zachary (Mickie) James, Shyanne (Paul) Shanstrom/Redmond; his great grandchildren: Johnny, Riley, Sadie, Kolbie, Finnley, Nellie and Griffin; his sisters: Sue Jones, Mary Kay Best and Bonnie French; the Stewart Family, the Woollums Family, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
The family will receive friends at the Ellston Methodist Church, Ellston, IA on Saturday, June 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a memorial service starting at 10:30 a.m. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall.
Memorials are to the National Kidney Foundation; American Diabetes Association; US Army Corps of Engineers-Coralville Dam Complex Campgrounds.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.