Gordon passed away, Monday, October 30, 2023, at his home in Plainwell, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 12, 1934 in Comstock, the son of Gerald and Adelaide (Janke) Rantz. Gordon proudly served his country in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. For many years Gordon worked around the clock as the owner and operator of Timber Ridge Ski Area.
He loved spending his days and usually his nights doing whatever needed to be done to make things run smooth. Although he loved to work, Gordon was happiest when spending his down time surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On New Year’s Day in 1956 at the Plainwell Methodist Church he married Mary Jane Robinson who survives.
Also surviving are his children, David (Linda) Rantz and Amy (Luke) Schrab; 5 grandchildren, Megan (Jeff) Gose, Stephanie (Kyle) Koster, Jill (David) Jackson, Lauren Fuller and Alyssa Fuller; 6 great-grandchildren with another due soon; brother, Roger (Joanne) Rantz along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Gene, Charlotte and Delores.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held in the spring.
Contributions in memory of Gordon may be made to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.