Carl E. Lantz, 89, formerly of Mt. Jewett, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at the Lutheran Home at Kane after a lengthy but courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends.
Born in Kane on Oct. 1, 1922, he was a son of the late Victor R. and Bess Waterson Lantz. He was married to Evelyn “Susie” Lantz, his wife of 59 years, who survives.
In January of 1943, Carl entered the Army and served in China as part of the China Defensive during World War II; he was also involved with the “Flying Tigers”.
Upon discharge, he worked as a Prudential insurance agent for 20 years. He and his wife Sue were the owners/operators of the Kane Motel for fifteen years. While owning the motel, he also delivered mail as a rural route carrier for the Kane Postal Service. He retired in 1984 after serving as the McKean County director of Veterans’ Affairs.
After his retirement, Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.
He was the longest surviving member of the Kane Elks Lodge #329. He was also a member of Kane Lodge #566 F&AM, a lifelong member of the American Legion Post #574, VFW Post #6347 and the Mt. Jewett Sportsman’s Club.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter Karly Peterson and her husband Scott of Mt. Jewett; a granddaughter, Brittany Peterson; two sisters, Betty Lyle and Dot Sluga, and her husband Bill, all of Mt. Jewett; a sister-in-law, June Nichols of Kane; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant grandsons; a sister, Beatrice Cunningham; a brother, Victor L. Lantz; nieces Vicki and Kari Carrow; and nephews Ken Holmberg and Ian McCloskey.
Friends will be received Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. in Mt. Jewett where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. W. Craig Smith, pastor of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Nebo Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mt. Jewett American Legion, the Mt. Jewett Sportsman’s Club, or the Lutheran Home at Kane, 100 High Point Dr., Kane, Pa. 16735.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com .