COTTAGE GROVE—On Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, the Schantz family lost three members in a car accident; Ildred, Alan and Brian Schantz.
Ildred George Schantz, age 90, was born on the family farm in Cottage Grove on July 13, 1927, the son of George and Elsie (Brandt) Schantz. Following graduation from Madison East High School, Ildred was united in marriage to Shirley Allen and together they farmed and were blessed with three children. Shirley preceded him in death in 2006. He also worked with animals at American Scientific Laboratories until the company relocated to another state. Ildred then worked for Harlan Laboratories, Inc. until his retirement. A true farmer at heart, he continued to work for Cenex, now known as Landmark in Cottage Grove, enjoying the daily interactions with his customers. Ildred was a lifelong member of Hope Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling and golfing, yet spending time with his family meant the world to Ildred.
Alan Ildred Schantz, age 60, was born on April 12, 1957, in Madison, the son of Ildred and Shirley (Allen) Schantz. He graduated from Monona Grove High School in 1975, and soon after joined the U.S. Navy. In 1977, Alan moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he met his wife, Mai, and started a family. They were married for 35 years. He retired in 2013, as a nuclear plant operator at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Alan enjoyed spending time with his two sons, Ted (Casey) and Richard (Andrea), and his six grandchildren, Anthony, Isaac, Brixton, Briley, Isaiah and Ivan. His favorite hobby was metal detecting on the beach in Hawaii or anywhere he could. Alan was a problem-solver and greatly enjoyed taking on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and everyone who knew him.
Brian John Schantz, age 57, was born on May 2, 1960, in Madison, the son of Ildred and Shirley (Allen) Schantz. He graduated from Monona Grove High School in 1978, where he took third in State in pole vaulting on the track and field team. Following high school, Brian began working at Daybreak Foods/Creekwood Farms Inc., where he worked for over 30 years. It was there where he met his wife, Veronica Echeverria Martinez, and they were married on June 25, 2016. When asked how he felt about getting married he’d reply, “It’s the best and happiest decision of my life!” Though he never had any children of his own, he cared, loved and protected Vanessa and Amy, daughters of Veronica. Brian was a very hardworking man, who had so much love and respect for his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing, golf and watching the game every Sunday night with a slice of pizza. His favorite thing of all was spending time with his family.
Ildred, Alan and Brian are survived by their loving families, Donna (Lyle) Kluever, Florence Allen, Ann (Donald) Smith, Sarah Smith (Patrick Stoffel), Benjamin Smith (Sarah Boehm), Rebecca Smith (Peter Flanner), Mai Schantz, Ted (Casey) Wilkinson, Brixton and Briley, Richard Schantz (Andrea Lugo), Anthony, Isaac, Isaiah and Ivan, Veronica Echeverria Martinez, Vanessa Casas Echeverria and Amy Ayala; and many additional family members.
A Celebration of their Lives will be held at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3702 County Highway AB, McFarland, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, with the Rev. Beth Schultz-Byrnes presiding. A time of fellowship and food will immediately follow the service. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
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