Dec. 30, 1936-Oct. 7, 2017
Calvin Adam Lantz passed away peacefully in his home Oct. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 80. Cal was born Dec. 30, 1936 in Billings Montana and was the second of five children born to Jerome Lantz and Gladys Hunter Lantz. Cal was raised on the family farm between Bridger and Belfry, Montana.
Cal played basketball and football from 1952 to 1956 and won several State Championship titles. He played in the East/West Shrine Game in 1956 in Great Falls Montana, in which his team won. He was later offered a football/basketball scholarship at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.
Cal married Bonnie McDonald, his high school sweetheart in 1956 in Bridger. Together, they traveled around the state of Wyoming while Cal worked in the oil fields as a Rough Neck. They moved their family back to Montana when the kids reached school age.
Cal was a Master Welder, whose talents were requested and utilized by several employers. Cal moved his family to Deer Lodge in 1971 where he was employed by the Montana Power Company as a certified welder and gas technician until he retired in 1997. After retirement, Cal and Bonnie moved to Helena where Cal worked many summers at Fox Ridge Golf Course (he could not sit still), while also meticulously managing his large garden and lawn.
Cal had enjoyed belonging to the Elks, Moose, Snowmobile Clubs, and the JC’s. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, family get-togethers and was a very proud, dedicated passionate member of the Cathedral of St Helena Catholic Church.
Cal is survived by children, Tom Lantz (Maureen) San Jose, California, Julie Burch (Dave), Helena, and Mike Lantz, Kalispell. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Julie), Adam, Mallory, Zane, Seth, Alex, Shaelyn and Blake and his four great-grandchildren, Adara, Dalton, Trinity and Alayna.
He is also survived by sisters, Patty Neilson, Cody Wyoming, and Eileen (Gene) Koch, Bridger, Montana.
Cal was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Leroy; his son, Kenny; and his beautiful wife of 54 years, Bonnie.
A vigil will be 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A funeral Mass will be at 12 p.m., Tuesday October 17, at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing St. A reception will immediately follow Mass, in the Brondel Center of the Cathedral. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Cal.