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Ernest Alfred Lantz

May 8, 1936May 8, 2020

Ernest Alfred Lantz passed away 5/8/2020 at the age of 84. He was born in Brooklyn, New York 5/8/1936 to Alma Louise (Deppe) Lantz and Carl Eric Lantz. He was preceded in death by a sister, Anna (Johanna) Davis, and brothers Gerald (Gerhard) Lantz, and Herman Lantz.

He is survived by his wife Ronda (Wiede) Lantz, whom he married 8/ 18/ 1979; brother, Carl Eric Lantz (Lois )of Punta Gorda Florida, children Christina Anne Cochran(Ross) of Lampasas, Eric Carl Lantz (Dawn) of Comfort, Susan Grace Lantz of Center Point, Karen Elizabeth Phillips (Chad) of Menard, Carl Martin Lantz of Houston, Kenneth Lee Lantz (Jessika) of San Antonio; grandchildren Ashley Cochran, Vanessa Cochran, Collin Cochran, Kail Lantz, Chase Lantz, Emma Lantz, Elliot Lantz; and great grandchildren Coy Lantz, Kamryn Lantz . He is also survived by his former spouse, Elizabeth Lantz. Ernie graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in History and Philosophy in 1963 and Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University in 1965. During this time he married and had 4 children. He served parishes in Spencer NY, Grand Island NY, and Bemus Point NY where he began work in Lutheran camping ministry as part of the parish ministries. He then took a call to Iowa to direct camping fulltime.

In 1976 he moved to Texas to begin work with Lutheran Association of Southwest Camping which eventually became Cross Trails Ministry where he served until 1984 when he returned to parish ministry accepting a call to Grace Lutheran Church. He served Grace until his retirement in 1999. He then served as interim director of CAM (Christian Assistance Ministry) followed by interim positions as parish pastor in Comfort and Yorktown. He served on various boards including CAM and SAMM (San Antonio Metropolitan Ministry), Rotary Club and Torch Club. After moving to Texas he remarried and had 2 sons. He loved ministry and felt strongly that the church needed to work cooperatively with partners in sister churches and the community. He completed his doctorate work except for the dissertation with a focus on ecumenical ministry in San Antonio.

He enjoyed being in the country, being with family, and friends, spending time in his workshop building things such as woodworking crafts, boats, and ships, reading, learning, music, and art. A memorial service and a celebration of his life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church at a date to be determined. He had a wish for a Columbarium to be built at Grace which will be completed in June, 2020 and he will be the first member of Grace to be interned there. We note that he passed away on his birthday and celebrate that his birthday became his new birth day 84 years later to join the heavenly ranks completing his work on earth. Amen.

Contributions in memory of Ernie may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 504 Ave E San Antonio, Tx 78215 GracesSA.org or Cross Trails Ministry 391 Upper Turtle Creek Road Kerrville, Tx 78028 Crosstrails.org

Arrangements by Sunset North Funeral Home


  • Ronda Lantz, Spouse
  • Christina Anne Cochran (Ross), Daughter
  • Susan Grace Lantz, Daughter
  • Eric Carl Lantz (Dawn), Son
  • Karen Elizabeth Phillips (Chad), Daughter
  • Carl Martin Lantz, Son
  • Kenneth Lee Lantz (Jessika), Son
  • Ashley Cochran, Granddaughter
  • Vanessa Cochran, Granddaughter
  • Chase Lantz (Kourtney), Grandson
  • Collin Cochran, Grandson
  • Kail Lantz, Grandson
  • Emma Lantz, Granddaughter
  • Elliot Lantz, Granddaughter
  • Coy Lantz, Great Grandson
  • Kamryn Lantz, Great Granddaughter
  • Anna (Johanna) Davis, Sister (deceased)
  • Carl Eric Lantz (Lois), Brother
  • Herman Lantz, Brother (deceased)
  • Gerald (Gerhard) Lantz, Brother (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Lantz, Former Spouse

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Loos Lantz

May 30, 2020

The picture of Ernie and his brother Carl was taken on the dock outside of our Trawler about 6 years ago. Ronda had arranged a conference in Sarasota and brought Ernie along. I think she knew then that it was the last time they would be together . We picked them up in Sarasota and brought them to Punta Gorda. We were on a floating dock and able to get the wheel chair on board. We went shopping and left the brothers to have time alone. We can’t thank Ronda enough for arranging that as Ernie’s health began to fail and although we used face time it wasn’t the same.

Fred Hilgers

May 27, 2020

I have always felt that Ernie was a great friend as well as a marvelous pastor. He helped me through a pair of personal problems and saved some anguish. I'll remember and love him. God bless you all.

Annette Smith

May 19, 2020

With our Sympathy and God's Blessings for the Family and all who loved him and his love of the Church and our great Summer Camp in the beautiful Hill Country! Annette Von Quintus Smith & Helen Von Quintus

Missy Washington

May 14, 2020

Dearest Ronda and family,
I was so sad to learn of Ernie’s passing but rejoice in the sweet memories of him and the assurance that he is with his/our precious Lord and Savior. I always remember the sweet words that he wrote in the book “Love you Forever” that he gave me for Connor after my mom died. Ernie was such a sweet and gentle man. Love him and your family as well. XO Missy

Margie Benso

May 14, 2020

I was attending a middle school retreat with my church at Camp Chrysalis. One morning I woke up very early and headed down to the dining hall for a cup of coffee. Pastor Ernie was there drinking a cup of coffee as well. We had a very nice chat. He was such a gentle soul. May God’s promises sustain Pastor Ernie’s family.

Lisa Valentine

May 13, 2020

Pastor Lantz married my husband Gary and I over 31 years ago and will always be one of our favorite ministers. He made our wedding extra special with his sermon and offering of communion. During Lisa’s early part of her Army career, he always made us feel we were part of the Grace church family whether we were near or far. We always missed him when we came home to visit and went to church at Grace during the later years.
Mrs. Rhonda Lantz and family, our heartfelt condolences.
Lisa and Gary Valentine

Tracy Johnson

May 13, 2020

While I have been a member of Grace Lutheran Church my whole life, Pastor Ernie Lantz was the first pastor to make me feel safe and welcome. I could go to him for anything, never feeling judged or not welcome. He always had a warm smile and a big hug for you. Ernie and Rhonda made church the place to be, no matter who you were. Ernie has and always will have a special place in my heart. When he retired church never felt the same. I have missed him greatly and will continue to. Best pastor and one of the best men I have ever known. You are greatly missed. Open your wings and fly with the angels!

Tammy Gentile

May 13, 2020

We first met pastor Ernie when my husband pastor Chris Gentile became the new pastor at Grace Church in 2010. Ernie and his wife made us feel very welcome there. As Ernies health began to decline, and he needed to go into nursing care, Ronda asked me to come in every few weeks to give him a haircut and beard trim. It was then that I got to know pastor Ernie better. He always had many stories to tell and it made my time with him special. Thank you Ronda for entrusting me with a part of his care. I will treasure those memories forever.

Cynthia Miller (Johnson)

May 13, 2020

He was always such a warm and welcoming pastor! Ernie made us feel so loved in the youth group. I will never forget the man who both baptized and confirmed me.


Ernie and brother Carl


Ernie’s 50th Year Anniversary of Ordination


An ocean beach


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