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Of Mtn. Grove, formerly of Ava, Glen Leroy Nantz, 72, of Mtn. Grove, formerly of Ava, departed this life Friday, March 17, 2006, at 5:30 a.m., in Autumn Oaks Caring Center of Mtn. Grove. He was born March 23, 1933, in North Powder, Ore., the son of Charles Henry and Percy Pearl (Smith) Nantz. On Dec. 29, 1963, he was united in marriage to Rosanne Montgomery. This union was blessed with two children.
During the years he lived in Oregon, Glen was a logger, worked for the Union County Road Department in LaGrande, became a licensed auctioneer and had an auction service in North Powder, and had a store in Stanfield where he enjoyed restoring and refinishing antiques.
Glen proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, receiving a Purple Heart, as well as other awards and commendations.
He was a beloved husband, dad, grandpa, uncle and friend to many. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Glen was preceded in death by both parents, Charles and Percy Nantz; one brother, Jasper; and two sisters, Bessie and Daisey.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rosanne, of the home; one son, Kurt Nantz and wife, Marvalie, of Hollister; one daughter, Candi (Felix) Linkenauger, Ava; a friend-like-son, Randy Black, of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; five grandchildren, Leo, Miguel and Ana Felix, of Ava, and Nathan and Nicholas Nantz, of Hollister; one brother, Allen Nantz and wife, Claudeen, of North Powder, Ore.; several nieces and nephews and their children; other relatives and many friends.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Harris Cemetery west of Ava, with Pastor Buzz Brown officiating. Military honors were performed by American Legion Post 112 and VFW Post 5993, Ava.
Services were under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ava.