Alan I. Schantz

Alan I. Schantz

COTTAGE GROVE- On Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, the Schantz family lost three members in a car accident; Ildred, Alan and Brian Schantz.

ALAN ILDRED SCHANTZ, age 60, was born on April 12, 1957, in Madison, the son of Ildred and Shirley (Allen) Schantz. He graduated from Monona Grove High School in 1975, and soon after joined the U.S. Navy. In 1977, Alan moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he met his wife, Mai and started a family. They were married for 35 years. He retired in 2013, as a Nuclear Plant Operator at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Alan enjoyed spending time with his two sons Ted (Casey) and Richard (Andrea), and his six grandchildren, Anthony, Isaac, Brixton, Briley, Isaiah and Ivan. His favorite hobby was metal detecting on the beach in Hawaii or anywhere he could.

Alan was a problem-solver and greatly enjoyed taking on difficult and unwanted projects at work and around the house. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and everyone who knew him.

Ildred, Alan and Brian are survived by their loving families, Donna (Lyle) Kluever, Florence Allen, Ann (Donald) Smith, Sarah Smith (Patrick Stoffel), Benjamin Smith (Sarah Boehm), Rebecca Smith (Peter Flanner), Mai Schantz, Ted (Casey) Wilkinson, Brixton and Briley, Richard Schantz (Andrea Lugo), Anthony, Isaac, Isaiah and Ivan, Veronica Echeverria Martinez, Vanessa Casas Echeverria and Amy Ayala; and many additional family members.

A Celebration of their Lives will be held at HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 3702 Cty Hwy AB, McFarland, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, with the Rev. Beth Schultz-Byrnes presiding. A time of fellowship and food will immediately follow the service.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420