Stephen Kantz

April 27, 2013

Stephen Kantz

Stephen M. Kantz of Plainwell passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. Steve was born August 29, 1941 in Royal Oak to Floyd and Betty (Michael) Kantz .He grew up in Williamsburg, MI. Steve graduated from Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War era. In 1970 he started practicing law in Allegan with Leo Hoffman.

In 1973 he opened his own office in a double wide on the point of Jefferson and Lincoln Roads. In his spare time from practicing law, he built the brick building that still stands on that corner. He retired in 2006. Steve truly enjoyed working with people in Otsego, Plainwell and surrounding communities in Allegan county. He called himself a ‘Country Lawyer’. Steve loved power boating on Lake Michigan. He was a charter member of Deep Harbor Marina. His boat was named The Law Merchant. Steve and Sandy enjoyed many friendships and comraderie at the marina. He was a member of the Allegan County Bar Association during his years of practicing law. Steve ate dinner at the Elks Club on Wednesday nights where he had been a member since the 1970’s. While a teenager, he became an amateur radio club member with a squawking noise going on late into the night. There’s a ‘Radio Room’ still at home at Lake Doster. Steve joined the Kazooski Ski club in the 1970’s. He and Sandy enjoyed many friendships and trips to Bittersweet, up north, Utah and Nevada. In the last few years, Steve enjoyed playing cards in the Allegan County Bridge Club. Also in the 1970’s, he played tennis at West Hills Athletic club. Steve played championship tennis at Traverse City High School. Other former memberships include Otsego Rotary Club and Otsego Chamber of Commerce.

On June 24, 1990 on their boat in the cove at Saugatuck, Steve married Sandra ‘Sandy’ Adams (Anderson) who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Rochelle (Tim) Gargus of South Haven; 3 grandchildren, Madison, Bryce and Harrison; a step-son Michael (Laura) Adams of Chicago; an adopted son, Christopher (Sara) Dent of Georgia; a sister, Nancy (Paul) Deal of Texas; a brother, Dennis (Dawn) Kantz of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a twin brother. Cremation has taken place.
Friends may meet with his family at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 10:00am until 11:00am when a memorial service will be held with Rev. Daniel Facemyer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Heart Association.

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