Karen Wantz

March 1, 1938August 4, 2018

Karen M. Wantz, 80, passed away on August 4, 2018 in Rogers, Arkansas. She was born in Knoke, Iowa on March 1, 1938 to the late John R. and Viola (Rubendall) Armstrong. She was the loving wife of Richard Wantz for 59 years. Karen was a member of Hartland Friends Church, where she played the organ on Sunday’s. While living in Arkansas, she and Richard attended the First United Methodist Church in Springdale. She loved traveling, crocheting, her cats, spending time with her family and especially loved her grandbabies. She was an amazing mother, grandmother and wife. Karen was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Kristi Wantz. She is survived by her husband, Richard of Bentonville; son, Rick Wantz and Alicia of Fayetteville; daughters, Nanci Brandt and Mark of Missouri and Debbie Hill and Jim of Siloam Springs; brother, David Armstrong of Texas; sister, Arlene Staton of Arizona and Judy Mather of Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Brad Hill, Kayla McLaughlin, Erica Harvey, Sierra Nelson, Sylvia Wantz, and Christina Brandt and her sweet little great-grandchild, Emery McLaughlin. Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, Online condolences can be made at “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” Exodus 33:14.


  • Richard Wantz, Husband
  • Rick Wantz, Son
  • Alicia Wantz, Daughter-in-law
  • Nanci Brandt, Daughter
  • Mark Brandt, Son-in-law
  • Debbie Hill, Daughter
  • Jim Hill, Son-in-law
  • David Armstrong, Brother
  • Arlene Staton, Sister
  • Judy Mather, Sister
  • She also leaves her 6 grandchildren, Brad Hill, Kayla McLaughin, Erica Harvey, Sierra Nelson, Sylvia Wantz, and Christina Brandt and Emery McLaughlin, her precious great-grandchild.

Karen Wantz

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Alan Rubendall

September 22, 2018

Dick & Family,
Karen was always my favorite cousin (sorry Arlene, David and Judy). I have never forgotten the countless hours we spent together playing monopoly when we were kids on the old farm in Knoke. She will always be in my memories.

Gerry Lewis

August 21, 2018

Dick & Family.
I have lost one of the kindest, gracious, fun-loving, and most gentle friend I have ever had the privilege of having in my life.

Thank you for sharing Karen with me.

I am feeling your pain and sorrow at this difficult time.

My sympathy comes from my heart ❤️

Gerry Lewis

Melinda McRill-Ruopp

August 10, 2018

Such a dear lady and family. Karen was like my second mom growing up. I will always remember her laugh and gentle, kind words... Much love to all the family. 💕

Anna Harp

August 7, 2018

Dick and family our hearts are grieving to hear of the loss of precious Karen. What a blessing she was to Jake and to our family. May God comfort and encourage each of you as only the Master can. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers! God bless!