It is with great sadness that the family of Mons Schrantz, 81, of Normal, announces his death on Sunday (Feb. 11, 2018) in Normal.
He was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Alton, to F. George and Ethel Elk Schrantz. They preceded him in death.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Carol (nee, Albrecht); daughter, Cindy; sons, Jeff (Carol) and Tad (Leslie Lazarus); grandchildren, Nikki (Brian) Clark; Zach, Rebecca Schrantz and Trista Deane; Olivia and Sam Schrantz; Mikaela Oberlander; and great-grandchildren, Austin and Skylar Clark.
Mons spent his formative years in Alton and Taylorville. He graduated from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, where he and Carol met. They were married by her father in 1958 in St. Paul, Minn.
He spent two years in the Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., after which he began a 37-year career at State Farm Insurance Cos., retiring in 1998, as vice president in agency. He said he had the best job and worked with the best people in the world.
At First Presbyterian Church of Normal, he chaired stewardship campaigns, most recently co-chairing a capital fund drive. He was chair of the deacons and was involved in many other activities.
He chaired the United Way campaign in the mid ’60s and was given recognition for more than 40 years of assisting the agency.
He had mentored graduating ISU seniors as a member of the ISU Senior Professionals program.
He was on the Normal zoning board of appeals, chairing the committee for one year.
He invented Gotcha sports games, the most successful being Gotcha Football which was sold in local Sears and Penneys stores.
He appeared in two Community Players productions — "Damn Yankees" and "Hello Dolly" — and loved movie musicals, thinking he would have been a perfect "Music Man." Watching movies with family was a favorite pastime, especially Star Wars and Spaceballs marathons which left grandchildren quoting their favorite lines.
After retirement, he joined the Golden K Kiwanis Club, serving as secretary, president and lieutenant governor. He said he joined the Golden K because they started each meeting with a joke.
Humor was a hallmark of Mons' life. Doing his magic act (clearly not magic); telling lame jokes; playing games on annual family vacations; farkle, hearts, board games; organizing family tournaments; secret missions with grand- and great-grandchildren to buy Krispy Kreme donuts.
Mons loved doing crossword puzzles, conquering some of the NY Times most challenging with a pen from his perfectly arranged selection.
He lived a full life, giving and receiving the love of family, church, community and friends, including the HOGS (Hills, Olsons and Guttschows) and WGBC (World's Greatest Bridge Club). He was grateful for the care he was given at BroMenn and Heartland Manor Care. His spirit lives on in his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral to celebrate his life and mourn our loss will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 2000 E. College Ave., Normal, with Pastor Larry Gaylord officiating. All are invited to a light lunch and time to visit immediately after the service.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Normal, Golden K Kiwanis Club of Bloomington or the donor's choice.