April 17, 1937 – February 8, 2015
On February 8th, 2015 Ian Shantz of Peers, Alberta passed away at the age of 77. Left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory is his loving wife and best friend, Hilary, his son Allan (Anne) Shantz of Calgary, his daughter Diana Welsh of Calgary, daughter Laurie (Steven) Chaplin of Langley, BC, and daughter Donna (Steven Johannes) Winger of Surrey, BC. There are several siblings, grandchildren, numerous other relatives, plus a host of friends left to mourn. His son Patrick predeceased Ian in infancy, as well as his mother Jessie in 1998, and his father
Allan in 1974. Born in Carrot Creek, Ian left home to join the Canadian Army on December 7, 1955. He served as a Peacekeeper in Cairo, Cyprus, and Germany. He was posted in Cold Lake, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary. Ian was attached to 2nd Battalion PPCLI for 3 months at Cold Lake and served 6 months in Cyprus with them. Ian proudly belonged to the Queens Own Rifles of Canada. After he was honourably discharged from the Army on May 22, 1976 he worked for Corrections Canada as an instructor in Industries and Warehouse Assembly Coordinator (furniture building). Until retirement he worked in Edmonton, AB, Mission, and Agassiz, BC. It was while Ian was working in Agassiz that he met and married Hilary. Ian was a Life Long Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Agassiz Branch, and served as president for two years. They chose to retire in Peers, AB to be near family and live in the country enjoying what nature offered. In retirement he continued to work with wood and created lovely handcrafted walking sticks and coat trees. Family and friends will miss his kind heart and beautiful smile.
Following cremation, a graveside service was held on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 2:30 pm at the Glenwood Cemetery with the Royal Canadian Legion
Colour Party in attendance. In lieu of other tributes, donations if desired may be directed to the Cross Cancer Institute, c/o The Alberta Cancer Foundation, 11560 University Ave.,
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2 in memory of Ian Shantz.
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