Ildred G. Schantz

Ildred G. Schantz

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

ILDRED GEORGE SCHANTZ, age 90, was born on the family farm in Cottage Grove on July 13, 1927, the son of George and Elsie (Brandt) Schantz.

Following graduation from Madison East High School, Ildred was united in marriage to Shirley Allen and together they farmed and were blessed with three children. Shirley preceded him in death in 2006. He also worked with animals at American Scientific Laboratories until the company relocated to another state. Ildred then worked for Harlan Laboratories, Inc. until his retirement. A true farmer at heart, he continued to work for Cenex, now known as Landmark in Cottage Grove, enjoying the daily interactions with his customers.

Ildred was a lifelong member of Hope Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling and golfing, yet spending time with his family meant the world to Ildred.

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