Thomas F. Schrantz
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Thomas F. Schrantz
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; a son, Thomas (Amy); a daughter, Pamela (Ken) Jordan; sons, Douglas (Jeanne), Gregory (Kayla), Jeff (Tanya), and Timothy (Carol); a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Schrantz; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Washington and California. He is also survived by: a brother, Leo; a sister, Louise (Charles) Hughes; and nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania. His loving family, military and civilian friends fulfilled his life.
Preceding him in death are his parents and a son, Mark.
Memorial contributions may be made in Thomas' name to either the American Heart Association, Box 16120, Chicago, IL 60693 or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 501 Martindale Street, No. 670, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
Retired S/MSGT Thomas F., 86, Grove City.
Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday (4-20-17) and noon to time of service Friday (4-21-17) in R. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Service: Funeral at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with the Rev. John Yergan officiating. New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform a full military ceremony.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Gardens, Grove City.
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