Clarence L. Gantz 69, Vietnam veteran, state police retiree

By on February 6, 2013

Clarence L. Gantz, 69, of Manheim passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz.

Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Clarence H. and Marie (Kauffman) Gantz. He was married to the late Joanne F. Gantz, who passed away Dec. 27, 2012.

A graduate of Penn Manor High School, he went on to work for the Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster. He then went on to the State Police Academy and became a state trooper for the Harrisburg-York area and retired in 1994 after 24 years of service. After retirement, he went on to work as a courier for the former Bank of Lancaster County.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany.

An avid softball pitcher, he was a member of the former Safe Harbor Owls. He was also a former member of the Safe Harbor hunting camp in Clinton County. He was a member of Stehman United Methodist Church in Millersville, where he served on the board as a trustee for many years.

He is survived by a brother: Jerry K. Gantz, husband of Donna, of Lancaster; and a sister: Janice McCourt, wife of John McCourt, of Landisville. Also surviving are two step-children: Jeffrey R. Rutt, husband of Karen, of Selinsgrove; Jane R. Keenan, wife of Terry Keenan, of Lititz; three step-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter and a sister-in-law: Sharon Gantz, widow of Rodney K. Gantz.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Clarence’s memorial services, which will be held at Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church, 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Helen Adams officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. in the adjoining church cemetery, with military honors accorded by the RRVHG and the Veterans 21 Salute Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Clarence’s memory can be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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