James W. Bantz, 79, of Westgate, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at his rural Westgate home.
Private family prayer service will be held at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. Public visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at Hope Lutheran Cemetery, rural Westgate.
James Walter, son of Lyle and Dorothy (Howard) Bantz, was born September 10, 1935 in Waterloo, Iowa. He received his education in the Waterloo, Independence, and Fayette Public Schools, graduating from Fayette High School in 1953. He served in the Iowa and Wisconsin National Guard. On July 13, 1956, he was united in marriage with Janice Meyer, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Westgate. Jim was a cheese maker, having worked at creameries in Fredericksburg, Luana, and Preston. He worked for Fayette County for twenty-three years prior to retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and wood-working, and in retirement enjoyed baking.
In addition to his wife, Janice of Westgate, he is survived by four children, Joyce (Scott) Satterlee of Evansdale, John (Brenda) Bantz of Ham Lake, Minnesota, Joan (Jon) Wilhelmi of Maynard, and Jim (Lindy) Bantz of Westgate; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Janet (Howard) Meaney of Oelwein.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Ronald.