Harold M. Schantz
Harold M. Schantz, 82, died unexpectedly May 27, 2018, on his farm.
He had been battling coronary disease and Parkinson’s.
Born Nov. 28, 1935, he was a son of Louis M. and Jeannette E. (Dorwart) Schantz.
After graduating from Parkland High School, he lived and worked on the family farm, Schantz Orchards, in Orefield.
Upon the death of his father, he took over ownership of the orchard with his brother Louis.
The brothers ran the orchard until 1989, when they sold the property.
He subsequently purchased and operated Spring Valley Farm, Fogelsville, where he fully enjoyed living and working on his farm and took great pride and joy in producing quality fruit.
Known for having a wealth of knowledge about farming, he was always helpful and friendly toward those who took an interest in the craft of fruit growing.
He traveled and explored places with his family as far away as Hawaii but was always anxious to return to his home and the orchard.
He always enjoyed working with his hands, with hobbies which included wood and metalworking, model railroading, and building plastic models.
Over the years, he cultivated numerous lifelong friends, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
He made his home and farm the favorite place for his children and grandchildren to visit, and they are thankful for every moment spent with him.
“Thank you, Dad, for your example of hard work, deep dedication and honesty, the wonderful start to our lives that you provided us, and for everything you gave us in later years.”
His survivors include wife Susan, children Richard A. and his wife, Linda, of Woodbridge, Va., Christine A. Schantz of San Anselmo, Calif., and Stephen A. of Fogelsville; brother Louis and wife, Lucille, of Allentown; and his granddaughters Carolyn LaHorgue in Los Angeles and Kate LaHorgue in Oxford, UK, both Christine’s daughters.
His memorial service will be 4 p.m. June 3 at Keller Funeral Homes Inc., 1018 Church St., Fogelsville.
Visitation will take place 2:30-4 p.m. Interment will be private.
Condolences may be offered at kellerfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or at alz.org; or the American Heart Association, Lehigh Valley Division, 968 Postal Road, Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109 or at heart.org.