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SHANTZ, Rev. Ward M.

Published:Aug 28, 2009

Event Date:Aug 21, 2009


Rev. Ward M. Shantz  and
Ward Shantz

SHANTZ, Rev. Ward M. - Peacefully, went home to be with his Lord at Emmanuel Village on Friday, August 21, 2009. Rev. Ward Montford Shantz, aged 98 years. 43 years of his life were devoted to active ministry in the Evangelical Missionary Church. When he entered the ministry in 1933 he served as the pastor at Alymer Missionary Church, Toronto and Gormley Churches. In 1943 he became the founding Principal of Emmanuel Bible College, and served in this capacity for the next 10 years. Rev. Shantz had B.A. and B.D. degrees from The University of Western Ontario, a B.Th. from Marion College, Indiana and a M.A. degree from Winona Lake School of Theology, Indiana. Ward was elected Vice General Superintendent for the United Missionary Church for North America in 1955 and continued in this office until the merger with the Missionary Church in 1969. He served the Ontario District as district superintendent from June 1953 - June 1970. He then moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he became the assistant director of overseas missions for the Missionary Church at the denominational headquarters. Upon his retirement in 1976, he returned to Kitchener. His final years were happily spent at Emmanuel Village Residence. Beloved father to Dr. David and his wife Dr. Carolyn Shantz of Ortonville, Michigan, and Marion and her husband Ray Houlding of Kitchener. Loving grandpa to Catherine Smith and her husband Jay, Dr. Cynthia Shantz and her husband Gregg Walker, Meredith King and her husband Derrick, and Jason Houlding and his wife Brandi. Great-grandpa to Joshua and Liana Smith, Isaac and Aaron King, Kianna and Hunter Houlding, and Maxwell Walker. Predeceased by his parents, Joseph Shantz and Martha Snyder; his first wife, Kathleen Brubacher; his second wife, Winnifred Goldsworthy-Ariss; and two brothers, Lorne and Harold. His family will receive friends at Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home , 621 King St. W., Kitchener on Monday, August 24, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held at Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church, 160 Lancaster St. E., Kitchener on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Donations may be made to either Emmanuel Bible College or Bethany Evangelical Missionary Church through the Funeral Home.


Category: Obituaries & Death Notices

Newspaper(s): Waterloo Region Record

Location: Kitchener

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