Orden Lee Lantz Jr., son of the late Orden Lee Lantz Sr. and Lucy Etta White Lantz of Elkins, passed away June 18, 2014, in Arlington, Va.
He was born March 6, 1957, in Elkins, attended the schools of Randolph County and was a graduate of Elkins High School in 1975.
"Otto," as his friends called him, appeared in three plays which were sponsored by the school's speech classes and helped in writing two of the plays. He was active in Elkins High School Key Club and served as Key Club Lieutenant Governor of the West Virginia District. He represented the Elkins Delegation at the 31st annual Key Club International Convention at Astroworld Complex in Houston, Texas. He served on the board of trustees for the West Virginia District, was the chief executive of Key Clubs in Elkins, Buckhannon, Grafton, Philippi and Kingwood and was in charge of the finance committee for West Virginia. He loved spending time "on the river," fishing with his Dad and friends. After graduation, he attended Marshall University graduating on May 17, 1987. He received his master's degree in history from West Virginia University on Dec. 27, 1991. He was employed at the Antietam Battle Field, Sharpsburg, Md. His duties consisted of leading tours and giving many speeches about the Civil War. He was actively involved in many Civil War reenactments and was later employed by the Federal Park Service in Washington, D.C. At the time of his illness, he was employed by Clark County Schools in Winchester, Va., and was looking forward to returning to work with many students he loved and who loved him in return. He often stated he wished he had entered into teaching earlier, as it was a job he truly loved. He was an avid reader, especially books about the Civil War. He loved spending time with his father and friends fishing and camping on the river.
He is survived by his mother, Lucy Lantz.
He was formerly married to Ruth Henke, and he has two daughters surviving of whom he was extremely proud, Jessica Leigh Lantz and Jennifer Lee-Etta Lantz of Charlestown; a stepson, Peter Hafer; and two sisters, Helen Ratzer and husband, Jack, and Hazel Wood and husband, Paul, survive in Elkins.
Orden's request for cremation was honored. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Highland Park United Methodist Church with Pastor David Fisher officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Park United Methodist Church, Rt. 2 Box 389, Elkins, WV 26241, in memory of Orden. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Orden Lee Lantz Jr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.