Wayne L. Kantz

TALENT, ORE. — Wayne L. Kantz, father of June Kantz Pemberton of Matinicus Island and Janet Kantz of Portland, died Sept. 17, 2010, at home with his wife, Jeri, on his ranch outside Talent, Ore. He was born April 11, 1923, in Lafayette, Ind., to Lester and Merle (Noblett) Kantz.


The family moved to Southern California when he was young, and he grew up there, graduating from Glendale High School in 1941. During World War II he served in the Army Air Force as a B25 pilot and flight instructor in Pampa, Texas, where he met and married Irvine Scribner. They returned to Southern California after the war. Wayne was a firefighter for the Glendale Fire Department for 25 years. He also worked as a machinist, fisherman, abalone diver, gunsmith, and after retirement from the fire department, he worked as a building contractor in the Los Angeles area, constructing veterinary hospitals. For many years he enjoyed summer vacations in Portland and on Peaks Island with his daughters. Wayne was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. At one time he held the record for the largest elk ever taken in the state of Oregon. He could, and did, outhike friends and family members much younger than himself. In the late ’80s, Wayne moved to Oregon and settled in the Talent area. In 1988, he married Jeri Briggs. They spent many happy years raising cattle, traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Wayne was predeceased by his parents; and sisters, Margaret Upshaw and Norma Simmons. He is survived by his wife, Jeri; daughter, Janet and her husband, David Loranger, of Portland, daughter, June and her husband, Tim Pemberton of Blue Hill; stepchildren, Nick Briggs, Central Point, Ore., Larry Briggs Jr. and wife, Terri, John Day, Ore.; Russell Briggs and wife, Debbie, Colton, Ore., and Patti Waller and husband, Steve, Cleveland, Okla.; his former wife, Irvine Kantz of Portland, as well as 10 stepgrandchildren, including Gretchen Pemberton of Rockingham, N.C., and Ashley Theriault of Portland.

Wayne always had a smile on his face and was respected and admired by all who knew him. He was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

A private family memorial is planned for a later date.

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