Former Soldotna resident and longtime Alaskan George Harlan Lantz died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, in Anchorage. He was 78.
Mr. Lantz was born July 29, 1927, in Elm Creek, Neb. He moved to Alaska in 1953 with his wife and two young children to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula.
He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Nebraska, and as he pursued his education in engineering, he ended up working on the Alaska highway system.
“To quote one of his contemporaries when he retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation in 1982: ‘Mr. Lantz has been involved with building highways in Alaska since April 1954, starting with the Alaska Road Commission, later with the Bureau of Public Roads and with the state of Alaska since July 1960. By his initiative and dedication he has advanced from an inspector and party chief to an assistant construction engineer. His contributions to the advancement of the road building program have been many during his career and his knowledge and expertise will be missed,’” according to his family.
“When he retired, he put his engineering mind to work with inventions and patented several. Of course, that never kept him too busy to pursue his love of fishing, boating and hunting,” his family said.
“He left behind a legacy of a life lived with ... honesty, integrity, kindness and a sense of humor. This is the legacy his family will treasure most.”
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Georgie Lantz; daughters, Kerry Salazar, Ronda Lantz and Susan Lantz; son, David Lantz; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Lantz; and sister, Sharon Loosli.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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