Donald Schantz

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:49 pm

Donald Schantz, 80, of Fort Atkinson, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at his home in Fort Atkinson. Services are at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 29, at Calmar Lutheran Church, with Rev. Phillip Olson officiating. Organist is Martha Ludeking. Soloist is Dan Silhacek (“It’s a Wonderful World,” “In the Garden” and “Goin’ Home”). Hymns are “Here I Am, Lord” and “How Great Thou Art.” Interment will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in Spillville. Casket bearers are Chuck Solseth, Dan Peck, Dennis Kendrich, Adrian Kuennen, David Nienhaus, Don Lacy and Terry Gunzenhauser. Military and fire department rites at cemetery are provided by Turkey River VFW Post No. 3902, Huber Steffes American Legion Post No. 672, US ARMY and the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Interment is at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Spillville. Arrangements are being handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Fort Atkinson.

Donald Lloyd Schantz was born Dec. 2, 1936, the son of Carlton and Darleen Shadwick (Phillips) Schantz in Troy Mills. Don graduated from Troy Mills High School. He enlisted in the Army from 1956 to 1958. Don married Carol Raetz in Marion. Together they had two children, Ronald and Kathy. They later divorced. Don worked at Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids. He later worked as a fireman in Cedar Rapids for 30 years while also working at Sears for 26 years. After retirement Don moved to Decorah and married Anita Balik Aug. 3, 1996. He enjoyed walking his beloved pets, playing dominos, Monday night cards, fireman stags in Cedar Rapids, attending fairs, sporting events and taking care of his yard.

Don is survived by his wife, Anita Schantz, Fort Atkinson; children, Ronald (Christine) Schantz, Cedar Rapids, Tonya Balik, Spillville, Jerita (Matt) Burreson, Houston, Texas and Scott Balik, Spillville;. grandchildren: Austin Schantz, Sydney (Jake) McDonald, Ashley (Matt) Studt, Nick Everhart, Ava and Emma Burreson; great-grandchild, Eisley Studt; three brothers: Dean (Kit) Schantz, Winterset, Larry (Linda) Schantz, Amana, Paul (Kim) Schantz, Center Point; one sister, Marilyn Whitney, Winthrop; sister-in-law, Garnita (Tom) Erickson, Decorah; along with many nieces and nephews and his beloved pets: Annie, Wrigley, Oreo and Lyla.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton and Darleen; daughter, Kathy; brother-in-law, Duane Whitney; mother and father-in-law, Emil and Hazel Ludwig; nephews, Tim and Tom Schantz.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Calmar Lutheran Church in Calmar at 200 East St. Calmar, Iowa 52132 or Humane Society of N.E. Iowa 903 5th Ave, Decorah, IA 52101.

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