Funeral service for Leon will be Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at North Garland Church of Christ in Enid with Leonís son, Gordon, officiating. Burial will be at 1:30 at Karoma Cemetery. Viewing will be Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with family present at the funeral home.
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Leon Jantz was born to William and Lena (Bose) Jantz on December 23, 1920 at Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. He married Gertrude Dirks on August 2, 1941. They moved to Goltry in 1942 and lived on a farm. Leon served in the Army during WWII from August 1944 to May 1946 as tank gunner specialist. He then farmed in the Goltry area for over eighteen years and worked for Alfalfa County for seven years. Leon worked for the Goltry and Carrier Coop for twenty-one years, retiring in July 1984. Then, came the most notable part of his life Ė mowing lawns and weed eating, while walking with a cane for the next twenty-five years. He then moved to Enid to live with his son, Gordon and wife, Carol. Leon and Gertrude had three children: Kenneth, Gordon, and Jane. Leon was a long time member of the Helena Church of Christ, where he led singing and taught Bible classes. The past five years he was a member of the North Garland Church of Christ in Enid, where he was a dedicated servant in the Pantry Ministry. Leon was a powerful witness in the Lordís kingdom until he went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2016.
Leon is survived by his son, Gordon Jantz and wife, Carol of Enid; daughter, Jane Ging and husband, Mike of Helena; daughter-in-law, Carol Swopes of Newkirk; ten grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; a brother, Wilfred Jantz and wife, Shirley of Madison, Tennessee and a brother-in-law, Ernest Dirks and wife, Twilla of Stillwater.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude; his parents; son, Kenneth; brothers, Emmett and Harland and a sister, Willadean.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the North Garland Church of Christ Pantry Ministry or the Westview Boys Home through Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Helena.
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We have so many fond memories of this blessed man.
He truly loved God.
Our deepest sympathy goes to all the family. Leon will be deeply missed from all who knew him. He left a place in our heart each time we seen him. He loved telling us his stories as well as we loved listening to them. We miss you Leon and we love you.
Vernon & Jo Sanders
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