Magazine article The Tracker

Obituary: SCHANTZ

Magazine article The Tracker

Obituary: SCHANTZ

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BRUCE V. SCHANTZ, ninety-three, of 2839 Wayne Street, Orrville, died Friday, January 5, 2007. Bruce was born on October 17, 1913, in Orrville, Ohio, to the late Victor A. and Bess (Buchanan) Schantz. He attended Oak Street School and graduated from Orrville High School in 1931. His college career at Oberlin was cut short in his junior year when his uncle, Oliver Schantz, died, and Bruce and his cousin Paul Schantz took over the sales department of the Schantz Organ Company. Bruce covered territory in Ohio and Indiana during the Depression, learning the business. Meanwhile, he took night classes at the University of Akron and was hired by Goodyear Aircraft just before the United States entered World War II. He worked there in management during the war years. After the war, he returned to Orrville to join the family business, and on June 26, 1948, he married Grace Putnam. He managed the company along with his brother John, his cousin Paul, Jack Sievert, and Bruce's son, Victor. …

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