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Ellston United Methodist Church
Saturday June 11th, 2022
9:30am - 10:30am

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Ellston United Methodist Church
Saturday June 11th, 2022

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Bill Lantz

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 20th, 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 7th, 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 his program, Bill accepted a position at a Burlington Bank and Trust in Burlington, Iowa 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 H.S. 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.

Memorials are to the National Kidney Foundation;  American Diabetes Association; US Army Corps of Engineers-Coralville Dam Complex Campgrounds.

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Sally, so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Bill, but knew a lot of his family. You have my deepest sympathy.

Linda Barber Jun 14 2022 7:02 PM

Sally and family- I will truly miss Bill. He was a genuinely kind and lighthearted gentleman. I would like to offer my condolences to his family and to the Woollums' family as well.
Bill came into my life and my son's lives when he and Sally were reunited and as cautious as I think they were at first to develop a relationship with Bill, I hoped that over time they would bond with him and to my satisfaction before long Bill turned into "Grandpa Bill". And a boy can never have to many Grandpa's.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have met and known Bill and for him to be a strong role model to my kids.
He cheered Hoffman on at his baseball games and patiently listened and helped find a solution to any project Halden brought to him. Bill was a blessing to us in many many ways and will be remembered with love always. Rest in peace Bill

Lindsey Frey- Woollums Jun 11 2022 10:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bill Lantz

Paula Webb Jun 10 2022 2:24 PM

Cherri, Chris and I are praying for you and your family in your time of grief.

Valerie Jun 9 2022 10:07 AM

Sue & his entire family & friends, I'm So Sorry for your loss! Cherish the Precious Memories until you meet again!

Jodi Angus Jun 7 2022 8:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bill Lantz

Kevin and Deb Creveling Jun 7 2022 10:26 AM

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reva rauch Jun 6 2022 11:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bill Lantz

I'm thinking of you, Cherri and family. Sincerely, Tonya Jun 6 2022 9:29 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bill Lantz

Christine/John Roth Jun 5 2022 9:53 PM

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Judy Smith Jun 5 2022 8:31 PM

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