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January 27, 2014

Howard A. Stantz

COAL CITY — Howard A. Stantz, 82, of Spencer, passed away Jan. 26, 2014, at I.U. Health Hospice House, in Bloomington, following a brief illness. Howard was born in Coal City, on April 22, 1931, the son of Charles A. and Effie Mae (Love) Stantz. He graduated from Coal City High School with the class of 1950. Following high school he served his country in the U.S. Army serving in Korea, where he drove a bridge truck delivering supplies to the front lines.  

He worked at IBM for 32 years, retiring in 1986. He worked nights so he could own and run his own evergreen tree nursery. He planted and sold trees all over the country. He retired from the nursery business in 2002.

He was a member of Millgrove Bible Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee for many years.

He was married to Carol Kittle on May 14, 1955, who survives. They had four children, Tony Stantz and wife Cindy of Coatesville, Doris Anne Stantz, Jon Stantz and wife Lisa of Spencer, and Gerald (Gary) Stantz of Brazil. He also is survived by his grandchildren, Rachael Stantz, Caitlin Stantz, Scott Stantz and wife Sarah Jo, Laura Stantz, Sarah Grace Stantz, and Kyle Stantz; great-grandchildren, Trevor Collisi, Madelyn Stantz, Nolan Stantz, Cooper Stantz, and Isabell Reinert; sister, Lillie Cooprider of Terre Haute; nephew, Jeff Cooprider; brothers-in-law, Keith Kittle and wife Connie of Brazil, Conrad Kittle and wife Pam of Clay City; sister-in-law, Kathy Gibson and husband Jim of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a brother; his daughter, Doris Anne Stantz; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Sue Stantz; in-laws, Israel “Curly” and Marjorie Kittle.

Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, in Clay City, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 2 p.m., with Brother David Voorhees officiating. Burial will follow at Sink Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Thursday, from 11 a.m. until time of services.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sweet Owen Industries, 36 Concord Road, Spencer, IN 47460. To light a candle in his memory visit:



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