Thomas Lewis Lantz
Thomas Lewis Lantz, age 70, of Shelby, died Monday, January 17, 2022 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
Tom was born September 4, 1951 in Shelby to the late Ralph S. and Marilyn J. (Miller) Lantz. Tom was a 1969 graduate of Crestview High School and later the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics. As a lifelong FAA Licensed Airplane and Powerplant Mechanic, Tom began his working career in 1972 and never quit. Over the years, he was a mechanic for Richland Aviation, Fisher Brothers Aviation, and, most recently, worked for Phillips Manufacturing maintaining their aircraft. His admiration for aircrafts did not take away from his lifelong love of farming. He was proud to still farm the original Lantz family farm on Bowman Street Road. In 1990, he and his brother-in-law, Greg Cole, formed C&L Farms and continued to farm the Cole and Lantz farms.
Tom was a longtime member of the Shelby Lions Club, was a Master Mason with the Shelby Masonic Lodge 350 F&AM, was an active and proud member of the NRA, and was a supporter of the Shelby FFA and assisted with the Richland County Livestock Committee. He was an avid sports fan and could always be seen cheering on the Shelby Whippets, The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and watching NASCAR- never missing a Brickyard 400.
To Tom, family was everything. As his son, Mike, so appropriately wrote, “I respected his hard work and attention to detail, but most importantly his passion for his family: wife, brother, sister, kids, and grandkids.” He continued, “But you know what, he put family first and never missed a special game or special moment and was always there to hug Mom and enjoy the sunset at a lighthouse or give his grandkids a big hug after a great game.” His love for family never wavered.
Tom was a multiple myeloma cancer survivor for an amazing 22 ½ years after being diagnosed in April of 1999. This Cleveland Clinic “miracle survivor” used every moment he was granted to live. His bucket list began after his diagnosis which came with not only many adventures but memories and stories that could not be matched. On the bucket list? Lighthouses. Together with his wife, Lori, and brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Kay, they traveled across the United States to see and enjoy beautiful lighthouses. As they say, “It wasn’t just the lighthouses, it was the journey.” Tom and Lori enjoyed spending summers at Bay Point and being by Marblehead Lighthouse and also visited every bicentennial barn all across the State of Ohio. Tom, along, with his sons and many close friends, enjoyed multiple fishing trips to Canada over the years.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Leora Jane “Lori” (Cole) Lantz; 2 sons: Michael Thomas (Natalie) Lantz and Jon Gregory Lantz both of Shelby; 2 grandsons: Cody Michael Lantz and Casey Thomas Lantz; brother: Jon (Kay) Lantz of Noblesville, IN; sister: LuEllen (Robert) Schoen of Kingsland, TX; in-laws: Greg (Faye) Cole of Shelby and Pam (Karl) Graham of Columbus, IN; aunts: Ann (Al) Lazaroff of NJ and Mickey Lantz of TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his uncle, Lt. Col. Zane Lantz.
In respect and honor of Tom’s humble nature, love of family, and respect to the health of family and friends, funeral services and calling hours will be private with his family and will not be observed by the general public. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Whippet Athletic Boosters, c/o Cathy Dodge, 145 Mansfield Avenue, Apt. #7, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or to the First Lutheran Church, where Tom was a member, 33 Broadway Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.
Care for Tom and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Tom’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.