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Almus "Al" Richard Gantz

January 13, 1925 — March 5, 2020

Al’s life began on January 13, 1925, the son of Albert and Vercy (Mauck) Gantz in Anthony, Kansas. He served his country during WWII in the US Navy from 1943-1946 and married Ruth Louise Peters on August 9, 1947, in Oaklawn, Illinois. Al had a lifetime career with the Soil Conservation Service and enjoyed nature photography, gardening, and antique clocks. He worked on and repaired clocks and was a member of the National Clock Association.

His loving family includes his daughters, Barbara Doyle of Richardson, Texas, Alice Martin (Tom Holtgrew) of Bonner Springs, Kansas; son, Howard Gantz (Donna) of Kingman, Kansas; grandchildren, Brian Doyle (Amy), Stephen Doyle (Angela Capio), David Gantz (Brittany Lagemann), Krystal Gantz Fensky (Travis Fensky), Geoffrey Martin (Angie Flax), and Andrea Martin; six great-grandchildren, Rose, Stella, Max, Bella, Benjamin, and Lois; brother, Ralph L. Gantz of Greenville, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth and a brother, Delbert Gantz. Al passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the age of 95 years old.

His family will gather with friends on Thursday, March 19, from 10-11:00 a.m. Funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m. both at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, 205 Elm in Marion. He will be laid to rest in the Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Al’s name may be directed to St. Luke’s Foundation in care of Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, PO Box 96, Marion, Kansas 66861. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Al at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, March 19, 2020

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

First Baptist Church, Herington

210 E Hawley St, Herington, KS 67449

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Funeral Service

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel

205 Elm St, Marion, KS 66861

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