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George Gantz Jr.

December 15, 1937 — February 17, 2023

Allouez

 

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Allouez - George Allen Gantz Jr was called home by our Lord on Friday, February 17, 2023, after 85 years of bringing joy, laughter, and assistance to all those near him.  

George was born in Green Bay, WI on December 15, 1937, to George and Gladys Gantz.  George was the third of five children: Ron, Marilyn, Janice, and Jim.  

George and his siblings spent their childhood on Bellevue St. on Green Bay’s east side and belonged to St. Phillip’s parish, where he also attended elementary school. He was in the first class to graduate from Premontre High School.  After high school, as George joined the workforce, he also served in the Wisconsin National Guard for a few years.    

On August 27, 1960, George married the love of his life, Margie Ann Kamin, in Marinette, WI.  Together, they built a beautiful home and family rooted in a foundation of faith in Christ, love of family, and service to others.  Together, they raised four wonderful children on Bader St. in east Green Bay, in a neighborhood of family friendships.  

George provided for his wife and family for over 30 years as a truck driver.  Over those years, he also had a 2nd business plowing snow and owned some rental properties. When he retired from driving, he reinvented himself by becoming a home inspector; and was highlighted as such in a Press Gazette article on 9/25/94.    

Besides working 4 15-hour days/wk, George was a consummate work-a-holic in his garage or basement while  listening to Paul Harvey.  He was always available to help family, friends, and neighbors.  He fixed and built it all and along the way taught his kids everything they know about tools, cars, home repair and just figuring it out.  

In addition to his professions, George found numerous ways to actively contribute to his many communities through his volunteer work for decades at St. Bernard’s Parish (Eucharistic Minister, working & chairing church picnics, president of the Holy Name Society, and a variety of committees), the Green Bay Chapter of the Red Cross (working at the blood center as well as donating over 99 gallons!), and as a Charter member of his beloved Bellevue Lions.  

George loved to be “up north”, and provided first a trailer and then a cottage for his family on White Potato Lake.  He loved fishing, swimming, bonfires, waterskiing, teaching his kids and grandkids how to waterski, and later being taught by them how to “barefoot”, which he continued to do until he turned 60.  

Over the years, George enjoyed traveling with Margie, taking trips to Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong and repeated visits to St. Maarten.  

George is survived by: wife-Margie; children Jeff (Sharon), Tim (Mary) & Michelle (Bruno); 11 grandchildren - Morgan (Kyle) Sobek, Spencer (Katie), Mitchell, Gretchen (Tyler Warner), Heidi (Mike) Mouser, Tarl Knight, & Tori; 5+ great-grandchildren - Ethan, Isaac, Asher & Zoe Gantz, Bethany Sobek, & baby-Mouser (arriving in June); siblings - Ron, Marilyn Baker, Janice (Jerry) Siudzinski, Jim (Cheri), Marilyn (Pat) McCarey, Sally Kamin.

George was preceded in death by: Beth (daughter), George and Gladys (parents) Earl & Lucy Kamin (in-laws), Ronnie (nephew), and brother & sister-in-laws, Corky Kamin, Boots Baker, Donna Gantz, Tom Wilhelm.   

Visitation on Friday February 24 at Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Ln, from 9 AM until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 12 PM with Rev. Bob Kabat officiating.  Burial at Allouez Catholic Cemetery.

Our family is grateful beyond words for the loving care George received from the caregivers @ Allouez Parkside Village and from Unity Hospice.  You are all angels!  

In lieu of flowers, donations will be distributed to The American Red Cross, Lion's Club, and Parkinson's Research.

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