William R. ‘Bill’ Wantz, 86

Published 9:20am Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Born: Oct. 20, 1926

Died: Dec. 9, 2012

William R. “Bill” Wantz, 86, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Dec. 9, 2012, at his home after a long illness, with his family by his side.


He was born Oct. 20, 1926, in Channing, and lived in this area for more than 70 years. He was a 35-year Mason, U.S. Army veteran, retired from Clark Equipment Co. and was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of St. Joseph.

Preceding him in death is his first wife, Willmina Lewis. and second wife, Marjorie Mattner.

Surviving family include his wife, Millie Gast-Wantz; daughters, Holly (Gary) Simons and Chris (Jay) Lisonbee; stepson, Jack (Susan) Gast; stepdaughters, Sharon Carlson, Rita Wohler and Dawn Richardson; six grandchildren, Lindsay (Brenton) Wahl, Sara (Riley) Richert, Jason (Melissa) Gast, Jeffrey Gast, Mike (Jamie) Wohler and Jessica Wantz; five great-grandchildren, Ella and Colin Wahl, Lily Gast, Riley and Jack Wohler; and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church, 3590 Lincoln Ave, St. Joseph, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice at Home Inc. of St. Joseph.

Online condolences may be received at www.hovenfunerals.com

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