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Gordon A. Rantz

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 101


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.

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Mary Schuiteboer

October 31, 2023 at 8:37 pm

Steve and I extend our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We send prayers of comfort and peace. You all have wonderful memories to hold in your hearts. Steve and Mary Schuiteboer


Tom and Mary Fischer

November 1, 2023 at 11:14 am

The loss of Gordy is a loss to many He touched so many thru his dedication to wintergun and happiness to many families andalllocal ski enthusiasts My heart goes out to Gordies family

Tom,Mary,Caillin , Courtney Fischer.


Susan knapp

November 1, 2023 at 11:52 am

Dave sorry for your loss ♥️


Harold Steffey

November 1, 2023 at 2:13 pm

Sorry for your loss, Dave


Mrs. Jim Hewitt (Patti Khodl former nurse at Pipp)

November 1, 2023 at 7:45 pm

To the family,

May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort.

(For Dave, I do not know the other members of your family, but I can’t help but notice the strong resemblance you have of your dad.) Am sure he was always very proud of you and how you serve others.


Shirley Brown

November 1, 2023 at 9:01 pm

Dave, Linda and family so sorry to hear of your loss. Your in my thoughts and prays. Shirley Brown


Carolyn Jordan (Class of 1977)

November 2, 2023 at 1:16 am

My prayers are being lifted up for you all.


Sandy Scott

November 2, 2023 at 2:37 pm

Mary Jane & Family, I am so sorry you have lost your Husband & Father. He is home now with his Father. I still think about the funny times we had at the credit union when you worked there. No one else has ever called me to come in to deposit because I was going to bounce a check. Take care. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Sandy (Town) Scott


Bill and Karen

November 2, 2023 at 5:32 pm

Dave, Linda and the entire Rantz family… Our deepest sympathies at your loss. We’re thinking of you and holding you in our hearts at this sad time. Love, Bill and Karen


Tony Shumaker

November 2, 2023 at 5:43 pm

Prayers for your family Peachy.


Bob Pickett

November 2, 2023 at 7:12 pm

Dave and Rantz family so sorry for your loss.


Tony & Amy Predum

November 2, 2023 at 7:20 pm

Our condolences to the entire family, So sorry for your loss.


Brian & Laura Arehart

November 3, 2023 at 8:29 am

Dave and family, sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing.


Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

November 3, 2023 at 4:41 pm

Mary Jane and Family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Gordy was a very talented man. We were classmates at PHS class of 1952 and I shared a birthday date with Gordy 1/ 12 /193 4.


William Wittliff Sr

November 3, 2023 at 5:32 pm

He was tough as nails but also the kindest and most gentle man you could ever meet. We will all deeply miss him. My sincerest sympathies to Mary Jane, Amy, Dave, and family. I love you all.


Deborah Pedersen

November 3, 2023 at 8:35 pm

Dave, Linda and your family, We are sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Joe and Debbie


Lisa Rasnake

November 6, 2023 at 4:57 pm

My deepest condolences to the entire Rantz family. Gordy was an amazing man . You all are in my prayers ❤️


Frank Post

November 6, 2023 at 5:10 pm

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gordon Rantz. I hope that the cherished memories of his life bring comfort and solace during this difficult time.


Thomas Davidson

November 6, 2023 at 5:26 pm

My sincere condolences to the whole Rantz family. Rest easy Gord, thank you for creating one of my favorite places to spend time with friends and family.

With love and respect,



Krissa Kirby

November 6, 2023 at 6:11 pm

Keeping the Rantz family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Wishing you all hope and healing as you mourn the loss of such an epic man. RIP Gordon!



November 6, 2023 at 7:45 pm

Deepest sympathy to the Rantz family.

Ritch and Sue Harrison


Toni (Ellard) Moore

November 6, 2023 at 8:13 pm

MaryJane,David,Amy my sincere condolences in the passing of a wonderful husband and father. May your memories bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.


Frank & Pat Perry Family

November 6, 2023 at 11:04 pm

Sincere Condolences to David,Amy , Mary Jane and Family many good memories for me and my Family at the Ridge, Thanks Gordy RIP


Vickilee Danhoff Miller

November 8, 2023 at 8:20 am

Sorry to hear of this loss for the Rantz family and the whole Plainwell community. Many memories were made at Timber Ridge!


David Rantz

November 19, 2023 at 10:56 pm

To everyone that sent in a condolence to our family it absolutely means the world to us thank you from the bottom of our hearts we love you all. Dave R.


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