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Richard Lantz

Richard "Dick" Lantz

Saturday, October 3, 1931 - Sunday, May 17, 2020
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Lieutenant Colonel Richard "Dick" Lantz passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Canal View Houghton County Medical Care Center at the age of 88 after a long illness. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Dick was born on October 3, 1931, in Winona, Minnesota to Dwight and Vivian Lantz. As the son of a City's Service representative, Dick and his family relocated several times throughout the Midwest, but always returned to the Copper Country and Eagle Harbor, where the family had a long-established history.

In 1955, Dick enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he became a pilot. During his career with the military, he served tours of duty in South Korea and Vietnam, taking time out to finish his college degree program in political history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 and returned to the Copper Country where he held several executive positions, including fund-raising for the then Suomi College in Hancock, Director of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, and manager of the then Franklin Square Inn in Houghton.

In the late 1990s, Dick retired permanently and moved to the family home in Eagle Harbor where his home was a popular coffee stop for the locals, and family and friends were always welcomed. He his survived by his son, Michael Richard, of Middleton, New Hampshire; his daughter, Katherine Mary (Joseph) Foster of Allouez, Michigan, three nieces and a nephew, and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

Burial for Dick will be a family affair at Pine Grove Cemetery in Eagle Harbor, and a celebration of Dick's long and full life will be held at a later this year. In lieu of flowers, Dick wished any memorial be dedicated to the Copper Country Humane Society.

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home, Calumet, Michigan
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Jim MacKenzie

Posted at 11:35am
I have only fond memories of Dick. He made me laugh, made me feel a "natural" member of the Lantz family, and he will be missed.
Rest in peace.

Bryan MacKenzie

Posted at 09:55am
We will all miss Dick, he was a big part of our lives...for me, it was childhood memories of the house in EH at the corner of 2nd & Center playing on the floor with some cool auto wrecker toys that had tools and parts you could "work" on and the boat trips down to Silver Island, Sand Bay, or Bete Gris for swimming and BBQ's.
During college, it was hanging out with Dick at the Franklin Square Inn and spending holidays with him in the Harbor when Tech would kick us out of the dorms or the rest of the family was out of the Yoop during the winter season and I wanted to be around family at the Holidays. He introduced me to Eggs Benedict and they have been my go-to breakfast choice ever since!
Now, as an adult and family man, he was one of the "anchors" of Eagle Harbor that we enjoyed spending time with, bringing our children over to socialize on the deck, and keeping in touch with Kate/Joe and Mike when our EH visits did not coincide with their schedules to reconnect.
I don't really have the words to describe how he was a part of my life, just my way of showing his impact through the memories I have of him and our time spent together over my 42 yrs.
We miss you Dick...to Mike and Kathy and Joe and everyone else in the family...our condolences.

Ann Gasperich

Posted at 12:02pm
May the thoughts of happier times fill your memories. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Annie

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