Robert B. Lantz

December 23, 1926 ‒ August 04, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Robert B. Lantz, age 92, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon. He was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of William Curtis and Alice A. (Browne) Lantz.

Bob retired in 1991 after 42 plus years of service as Senior Vice President and cashier from First Knox National Bank.  He was an active lifetime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon.  Bob was either a member or volunteered with numerous organizations including; Interchurch Social Services, Ohio State University Alumni of Knox County, Knox County Fair Board, Rotary, Democrats of Knox County, Chamber of Commerce and the former Jaycees all of Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his children, Richard Curtis Lantz of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Diane Starr of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, three grandchildren, Nicholas (Natalie)  Lantz, Curtis (Blair) Starr and Robert Starr, three great grandchildren, Twyla Starr, Theodore Starr, Virginia Starr, special niece Muriel Harris Cline and other numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Helen (Wilson) Lantz and a sister, Elizabeth Harris.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 101 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  Friends may visit at the Parish house from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Burial will follow the service in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gambier.

Memorial contributions in Robert’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or Interchurch Social Services.

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  • Diane and Dick,
    John and I are sorry for your loss, You have many good memories of your dad!
    I remember how he so loved the The Ohio State Buckeyes and the marching band that he was in while at Ohio State.
    May he Rest In Peace!
    Love, Sally

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Bob, he was a friend and helped with elections while I was employed at the Knox County Board of Elections. Many blessing and prayers.

  • Diane and family,
    We are sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was a life long friend and always with a positive message. He had a full life and was loved by all. We hope those memories bring you comfort.
    David and Lisa Seitz

  • Diane,
    so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great guy and had a long run. You must be proud.

    love you,

  • Dear Diane, Dick & your families,

    Your dad, my Uncle Bob, was a soft spoken, kind gentleman. He was always positive and had a ready smile. He loved his OSU teams and esp the OSU band that he so proudly marched in during his college years. He was always so proud of his children & grandkids. He was a “listener” & always had kind words to say.

    I have many fond memories of Uncle Bob when I was a child & he was a young man.

    Although I’ve lived away from Mt.Vernon for many years, I always enjoyed visiting with your dad whenever I visited Mt Vernon.

    May he now rest in eternal peace! 🙏🌹❤️

  • Lantz Family, my thoughts are with you. I have fond memories of Bob, always with a bright smile, a firm handshake and genuine interest. Rest in peace, Mr. Lantz.

  • Dear Diane and family, I’m very sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. I remember you and your family fondly from childhood when my family was active at the Episcopal Church many years ago. I think we both took dance lessons around the same time too. Take care and God bless you all. Sincerely, Valerie McManis and her Dad Russell McManis

  • Lady Di and family,

    Sincerest condolences on Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful person and a good friend.
    Sincerely, Fred Lewis

  • Dear Richard and Family

    It’s never easy losing a loved one. Your father was your “dad” no matter how old you get to be. May God give you strength, peace and bring back loving memories of good times together. Life, sometimes gets in the way of keeping love ones close. May your family find comfort together and renew the joy you had in your hearts as children. With deepest sympathy you and your family are in our prayers
    Tom, Cookie Kershaw
    ( Natalie parents )

  • Arlene and I will miss our dear friend Bob. He was my best man at our wedding 64 years ago. He never failed to send us an anniversary card every year. Bob and I became friends after he graduated from OSU where he played trumpet in the marching band. We and the “guys” would attend the football games and “party” afterward. I still have a few pictures of those times. Bob was a fine gentleman, a respected officer of the First Knox National Bank, and was a generous contributor to various civic organizations in Mt. Vernon. He was a lifelong Christian Church member and is now at peace with his lovely wife Helen w. Lantz. Blessed be them both.

  • My deepest sympathies to friends and family. Bob was a fine man and a wonderful member of our community. He will be missed. Love and peace be with you.