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Retired S/MSGT Thomas F. Schrantz, 86, of Grove City, Pennsylvania, went to his final resting place on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at his residence.
Born in New Castle on Oct. 29, 1930, he was a son of Leo and Rose Young Schrantz.
Retiring after 26 years active duty in the USAF (SAC), where he served as a crew member on the B-36 and B-52, he and his family built their home in Grove City.
He was then employed in corrections at the Mercer County Jail and was still called captain by his friends.
Thomas was a lifetime member of the Air Force Gunners Association, VFW and American Legion.
In recent years, he enjoyed gardening, growing some of the best vegetables to share with his family and friends.
Tom enjoyed woodworking and was best known for his beautiful wooden bowls.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Barbara Gibson; his children, Thomas (Amy), Pamela (Ken) Jordan, Douglas (Jeanne), Gregory (Kayla), Jeff (Tanya) and Timothy (Carol); his daughter-in-law, Marilyn Schrantz; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Washington and California. He is also survived by his brother, Leo; his sister, Louise (Charles) Hughes; and his nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania.
His loving family, military and civilian friends fulfilled his life.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a son, Mark.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, following visitation, at the funeral home with the Rev. John Yergan officiating. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform a full military ceremony.
Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Gardens, Grove City.
Memorial contributions may be made in Thomas' name to either the American Heart Association, Box 16120, Chicago, Illinois 60693; or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 501 Martindale St., No. 670, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on April 18, 2017
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