Jeff Lantis, age 67, of Big Stone City, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville with Rev. John Ragan officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 29, at Zion Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be held at a later date.
Casket bearers will be Jeff Giannonatti, Alf Wiik, Gerry Simon, Todd Larsen, Todd Anderson, and Tom Scoblic.
Jeffery Allan Lantis was born on August 31, 1947, in Ortonville, MN, to Elton Edward “Buzz” and Marjorie Lorraine (Olson) Lantis. He attended school in Big Stone City, where he graduated from high school with the class of 1965. Jeff then spent a year at the School of Science in Wahpeton, ND before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1966. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1970.
On August 14, 1971, Jeff was united in marriage with Kathie Jo Henderson in rural Worth County, IA. They lived in Minneapolis for a short time before returning to Big Stone City. Jeff worked in construction. When the Big Stone City Power Plant was built in the early 1970s, Jeff joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and became an apprentice electrician. After he finished his training, Jeff became a journeyman electrician. In 1974, the family moved to Toronto, SD.
In 1981, Jeff moved his family back to Big Stone City and managed the American Legion Club for three years. He continued traveling the country as a union electrician until, after thirty years in the trade, he retired following heart bypass surgery in 2005. A true outdoorsman, Jeff enjoyed hunting and fishing for his entire life. He especially liked hunting deer and antelope in West River. There, Jeff established lifelong friendships. He also took great pleasure in sharing his love of the outdoors with his children and grandchildren.
Jeff was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW Big Stone Lake Post #3964 and the American Legion Gertje Van Lith Post #229.
Left to cherish Jeff’s memory is his wife, Kathie Lantis of Big Stone City; children: Kristina Lantis and husband, Josh Kefauver of Minneapolis, MN; Eric Lantis and wife, Stacy Witlock of Sartell, MN; and Laura Lantis of Fargo, ND; two grandsons, Cody and Brayden Lantis; and mother, Marjorie Lantis, currently a resident at Northridge Residence in Ortonville, MN. He was preceded in death by his father, Elton “Buzz” Lantis.