Myron Howard Jantz was born on Nov. 7, 1929, in Monroe, S.D., to Dan and Alice “Belle” Jantz. Myron and his four older siblings – Kenneth Clifford, Leslie Clinton, Flora Eva and Daniel Albert – moved to McPherson, Kan., with their parents when Myron was 2. Alice Elizabeth and Vera Sharon were born after the family moved to McPherson.
Myron developed a love of travel early in life. While brother Leslie was stationed in Nebraska in the Army Air Corps prior to being deployed to England during World War II, he was surprised by a visit from younger brothers Danny and Myron, who were around 14 and 15 years old at the time. They wanted to surprise Leslie, and Myron was the one who was surprised when he ended up in the hospital and was scheduled to have his tonsils removed. Co-conspirator Danny, brought Myron his clothes and the two of them quickly exited the hospital.
He graduated from McPherson High School with the help of his father, who graciously attended classes with Myron when Myron felt the pool hall calling to him. Myron quickly agreed that a high school diploma was in his best interest and advised his dad that his attendance was no longer necessary. Myron had great memories of playing high school football. Many of his children and grandchildren followed in his footsteps, participating in outside activities and learning new things.
Following high school, Myron followed his older brother Ken and sister Flo to Oregon, where he married his first wife, Carol in Eugene, Ore., on March 10, 1949. While working as a steel bridge worker, Myron had a life-altering accident. He fell from a bridge and shattered his right heel and was disabled for over a year. Myron credits this event for kindling a renewed relationship with his Lord and Savior.
After his injury healed, he moved his family to Riverside, Calif., where his brother Leslie introduced him to Perry Hunsaker, personnel director for California Interstate Telephone Company. Myron applied his extraordinary work ethic and intelligence, working his way up from the mailroom to an accounting manager prior to retiring after 25 years of service with ConTel in 1980. As an “ex-con,” he kept in touch with many of his previous co-workers.
After retiring from ConTel, Myron, Carol and the boys moved to Eagle, Colo., where Myron accepted a position at Eagle Telephone Company. Myron thanked God many times for the Lord’s guidance in accepting this position, as Carol had developed a terminal illness and the health insurance provided by Eagle Telephone Company allowed Carol to receive the best medical care and yet still remain home to be cared for by her family.
After Carol’s passing, Myron needed a change and was very thankful to Bill and De Lamb for the life-changing offer of a position with Dubois Telephone Exchange in Dubois. During this time, Myron fell in love with Wyoming and, more importantly, Lois Cobb from Pinedale.
Lois’ first recollection of Myron was at a telephone conference where they sat on opposite sides of the aisle. As usual, Myron’s leg was “thumping” away. Lois glanced over at the man with the “thumping” leg and thought to herself, “He must drive his wife crazy!” Little did she know that just a short time later, Myron would be such an integral part of her life and “driving her crazy.”
Their courtship began with commuting via snowmobiles over Union Pass. These treks continued through the early part of their marriage, until Lois retired from Wyoming Telephone Exchange and moved to Dubois. The happy couple was married in Reno, Nev., on Nov, 12, 1988, amid friends and family.
After Myron’s retirement from DTE, they purchased a 5th wheel and traveled around the U.S., visiting with siblings, children, grandchildren, other family members and good friends. Myron and Lois knew no strangers, so their list of “good friends” was quite extensive. When not traveling around the country, Myron loved spending time in “God’s Country” (Myron’s favorite saying), otherwise known as Star Valley Ranch. Lois expanded Myron’s early attempts at travel by booking cruises through the Panama Canal and to Alaska and a trip to Italy.
Myron is survived by his wife, Lois, of Star Valley Ranch, their five children, Sharon (Jantz) Pierce of Bakersfield, Calif., Sandra (John) Huff of Golden, Colo., Jon (Sheryl) Jantz of Arvada, Colo., Stephen (Stephanie) Jantz of Freeland, Wash., Cynde (Ronnie) Wilson of Pinedale, brother-in-law Milton (Wanda) Craig of Chandler, Okla., and brother-in-law Gary Craig of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jeremy (Erika) Pierce, Alex Pierce and Garrett Pierce of Bakersfield, Travis (Christine) Thompson of Fort Campbell, Ky., Derek (Cheryl) Thompson of Dubois, Amanda (Tracy) McGinnis of Crossville, Tenn., Jacob (Nicole) Furstenfeld of New Cuyama, Calilf., Chelsey Jantz, Austin Jantz and Jason Jantz of Arvada, Nathan Jantz and Rachel Jantz of Freeland and Chelle (Haans) Fisk and Salt Lake City. Great grandchildren include Carter Pierce, Nya and Nariah Prescott, Ashley Thompson, Piper Thompson, Taylor McGinnis, Peyton McGinnis, Lauren McGinnis, Claire McGinnis, soon-to-be Grace Furstenfeld, Kaatje Fisk, and Gannett Fisk.
Myron was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Belle Jantz, his first wife, Carol Louise, brothers Danny, Kenny and Leslie and brother-in-law Harold Craig.
Myron was an extraordinary person who felt God’s divine providence in just about every situation. He was a simple man who lived by the “Golden Rule.” He taught his family about character and integrity by the way he lived his life. He believed that you give “110 percent” in whatever you do and don’t expect anything in return. He had a quick smile and loved to tell a good story. His eyes would twinkle when he was “pulling the wool over you.”
He loved the Lord and his family – in that order. He felt that his family was the greatest blessing and he didn’t take them for granted.
Some of the character traits his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren use in describing their Grandpa Myron are: kind, loving (3), compassionate, encouraging, resolute, respect, adoring, man’s man, conversationalist, quick-witted, loveable, spirited, rambunctious, lively, honorable, always smiling, positive attitude, active listener, gentle, helpful, roaring laugh and unconditional love. In essence, he was the epitome of a grandpa.
Myron was blessed with many, many good friends. The family would like to thank those many friends who have blessed Myron and Lois during Myron’s illnesses. A special thanks to Jim Howard and Sandi and Vaughn Thomas, who have provided friendship, love and assistance throughout the many trials Myron and Lois have experienced. Memorial services were held Friday Nov. 29 at Covill Funeral Home in Pinedale.For the complete article see the 12-06-2013 issue.
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