Wayne Kantz, 87, of Talent, Ore., passed away Friday, September 17, 2010, at home with his wife by his side. He was born on April 11, 1923, in Lafayette, Ind., to Lester and Merle (Noblett) Kantz. The family moved to Southern California when he was young, and he grew up there graduating from Glendale, California High School in 1941.
During the World War II, he served in the Army Air Force as a B52 pilot and flight instructor in Pampa, Texas, where he met and married Irvine Scrivner. They had two daughters, June and Janet. They later divorced.
Wayne was a firefighter for the Glendale California Fire Department, retiring in 1972. He also worked as a machinist and was a skilled gunsmith. Wayne was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved the outdoors, and could and did, out hike family members much younger than himself. After retirement, Wayne moved to Oregon and settled in the Talent area.
On May 13, 1988, he married Geraldine "Jeri" Briggs, in Kauai, Hawaii. They spent many happy years remodeling, raising cattle, traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Margaret Upshaw and Norma Simmons. He is survived by his wife, Jeri; daughters, June Kantz Pemberton, of Matinicus Island, Maine, and Janet Kantz (David Loranger), of Portland, Maine; step-children, Nick Briggs, of Central Point, Ore., Larry (Terri) Briggs, Jr., of John Day, Ore., Russell (Debbie) Briggs, of Colton, Ore., and Patti (Steve) Waller, of Cleveland, Okla.; as well as eight step-grandchildren.
Wayne always had a smile on his face and was respected and admired by all who knew him, and was dearly loved by his family. At Wayne's request there will be no funeral. Should anyone wish to, you may make a donation to the R.V.M.C. Hospice program or to a charity of your choice.
A private family memorial is planned for a later day.