Gary T. Lantz, age 71 of Rt. 4 (Lost Run Community) Grafton, WV passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2013 at his residence.
He was born February 14, 1941 in Flemington, WV a son of the late Sydney A. Lantz and Helen G. (Whitehair) Lantz.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Wanda June (Sheppard) Lantz; five children, Tim Wilson and wife Faye of Grafton, Tammy Barcus and husband Joe of Grafton, Kevin Wilson and companion David Dille of Blacksville, WV, Kelley Lantz of Grafton, and Ben Lantz and wife Kristy also of Grafton; 13 grandchildren, Rachel Hayhurst, Shannon Wilson, Michael Barcus and wife Danielle, Buddy Barcus and wife Rachael, Krista Barcus, Nicky Osbourne, Amber Swisher, Morgan, Maddison, Marti Lantz, Sean Trickett, Cam Simmons, and Kelsey Cheshire; seven great-grandchildren, Garrett, Levi, Braylon, Tucker, Briella, Laylen, and Remington; one brother, Sidney M. Lantz and wife Lynda of Grafton; two sisters, Sara Ann Nedorolik and husband Charles of Manasses, VA and Gloria Jean McCloy and husband Bill of Grafton; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother James Richard “Rick” Lantz.
Gary served in the US Navy as a machinist’s repairman, petty officer in charge of machine shop on the USS Little Rock. He was also a farmer, machinist, truck driver, and caretaker of the Harmony Grove Cemetery. He enjoyed his grandchildren, college football, basketball, and NASCAR Racing.
He attended the Harmony Grove Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Baker officiating.
At Gary’s request, he will then be cremated and a private memorial service will be conducted at the family’s convenience.
Online Condolences: www.donaldgfordfuneralhome.com.