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Harold G. Rantz


Harold G. Rantz, passed away on April 13, 2024, at Thornapple Manor in Hastings. 

He was born on April 4, 1931, in Martin Township, the son of Donald and LaVerne (Allen) Rantz. Harold dedicated over 40 years of his life to working at various construction companies through Operating Engineers Local 324 as a heavy equipment operator. Additionally, he owned and operated an excavating company for over a decade. His expertise extended to businesses such as Plainwell Paper and Fulton Transmission. A skilled truck driver, Harold was known for hauling milk as well.

Described as someone who could strike up a conversation with anyone, Harold's warm personality endeared him to many. He found joy in visiting with people and making meaningful connections. Beyond his professional life, Harold enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests. He was an active member of the Hastings Moose Lodge, Otsego United Methodist Church, Barry County Steam and Gas Engine Club, South Haven Flywheelers, and several tractor clubs.

Harold took pleasure in activities such as making apple dumplings at the church, gardening, tending to his lawn, participating in tractor pulls, as well as camping and fishing. On August 27, 1951, he married Janet Johncock who passed away in 2022. 

He is survived by his children: Ron (Melodye) Rantz of Jenison; Don (Tina) Rantz of Martin; Dar (Knick Knickerbocker) Rantz of Shelbyville; Dean Rantz of Shelbyville; Kelly Rantz of Shelbyville and Margie Day of Hamilton. Harold also leaves behind 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Gail Rantz and several nieces and nephews. 

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, wife, great-grandson Gunner, son-in-law Brian Gordon and siblings Evelyn, Janet, Donna, Bill, and David.

Friends may visit with Harold's family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Otsego United Methodist Church, until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Jeremy Africa officiating. 

Cremation will follow.  

Contributions in memory of Harold may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church

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