THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Morton R. Gentz
Issue Date: April 4, 2019
Morton R. "Mort" Gentz, 95, of Appleton, formerly of Gillett, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at home with family at his side.
Born Nov. 30, 1923 in Bowler, to the late Julius and Kathryn (Weidner) Gentz, he graduated from Bowler High School in 1941 and married Lorraine Hoefs at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow on June 14, 1944. He served in World War II in the United States Air Force as an aerial front nose gunner on B-24 Bombers in the Pacific Theater of War. After service, the couple worked for Red Owl Stores and operated Gentz's Flowers and Greenhouses in Gillett, retiring in 1978.
They spent 22 years at Finnegan Lake building a home and caring for flowers, trees and multiple vegetable gardens until 2000 when they moved to an apartment.
He volunteered for Boy Scouts, Northern Gardeners, Revitalize Gillett, Oconto County Historical Society and was a paid-up life member of Krause-Simpson American Legion Post #300. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church, he served on council and various committees of the Church and was a co-chair for the Church's 100th anniversary celebration. The couple was honored as Grand Marshalls for the 2005 Fourth of July parade.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Appleton; a son, Michael (Cindy) Gentz of Green Bay; a daughter, Wendy (Kurt) Redlin of Appleton and Alabama; five grandchildren and many nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Leila (Robert) Doran; a brother, Tony (Tana) Gentz; a brother-in-law, Maynard (Bernice) Hoefs and a grandson, Ryan Fischer.
Memorial visitation will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Main Street, Gillett on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Zachow.