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January 31, 2013

(2/27/1931 - 1/19/2013)

Richard Lee Lantz, 81, of Memphis, MO, passed away Saturday evening, January 19, 2013 in his home.

The son of Richard Julian and Edna Berniece (Eslinger) Lantz, he was born February 27, 1931, in Brooklyn, IL. He graduated from Macomb High School in June 1950.

Richard entered the United States Army February 15, 1952 and served in the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was discharged September 24, 1953. Following his discharge, Richard joined the National Guard.

Richard farmed with his father in Macomb, IL. Their land produced 72 bushels per acre of wheat in a nine acre tract.

He was married to Patricia Barnes November 8, 1953. He then married Mildred Kerkbride February 27, 1963. On August 30, 1969 he married Vivian Paul.

In 1974 he and Vivian moved to Wyaconda, MO, where he farmed and raised livestock. Following Vivian's death September 14, 2008, he moved to Memphis to be closer to his daughter and granddaughters.

On July 8, 2009, he married Mildred Walters in Memphis.

Richard attended the First Baptist Church in Memphis. He was also a member of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of Memphis, the American Legion and the Elks Club of Macomb, IL. Hunting and fishing were also enjoyed by Richard.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Vivian; stepson, Ronald Paul; three children in infancy; and sister, Sara Lou Carlburg.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Lantz of the home; one daughter, Sonia and husband Roger Kaldenberg of Memphis; two stepsons, Gene Paul and wife Penny of Wyaconda and Lindal Paul and wife Mary of Ellisville, IL; brother, James M. Lantz and wife Ann of Macomb, IL; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 23 in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Dan Hite officiating. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery with military gravesite rites conducted by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of Memphis.

Memorials are suggested to the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of Memphis or to Hospice of Northeast Missouri and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 6355.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Lantz's family by signing the guest book at Arrangements are being handled by Gerth Funeral Service.

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Memphis MO 63555
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