THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Walter P. Lartz
Issue Date: December 9, 2009
Walter P. Lartz, 90, a resident of Harmony Living Center, died there Monday afternoon, Dec. 7.
He was born Jan. 8, 1919 in Chicago, to George and Florence (Peters) Lartz and the family moved to Suring where he attended schools.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Infantry, Red Arrow Division, He saw action in the South Pacific on the front line during the Battle of Buna in New Guinea where he was wounded and was awarded a Purple Heart. He served 21 years in both active and reserve status at Camp McCoy and retired as a Major in Infantry, on July 29, 1975.
Following his service career he attended UW-Oshkosh and later received his Masters Degree in Education from UW-Madison.
On Nov. 17, 1945, he married Fern B. Chapman at West side Moravian Church in Green Bay.
He began teaching with Sheboygan Public School in 1961 at U.S. Grant School and at Urban Junior High School until his retirement in 1981.
He belonged to Fountain Park United Methodist Church, Wisconsin Education Association, the National Education Association, Sheboygan County Area Retired Teachers, and Disabled American Veterans.
In addition to his wife survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Brian (Linda) Justin, Sheboygan; a son, Geoll Lartz, Bolingbrook, Ill.; two brothers, George Lartz, Sheboygan Falls and Ted Lartz, Oconto Falls; and a sister Mrs. Robert (Ginni) VonHaden, Sun City, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Day of Portland, Ore.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Ballhorn Funeral Chapels. Rev. Kerry Wilson, pastor of Fountain Park United Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will take place in Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A time of visitation and support will be held at Ballhorn Chapels on Thursday from 10:30 until the time of service.
A memorial fund has been established in his name for Fountain Park United Methodist Church.