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Melvin D. Lantis - November 27, 2008


Hastings resident, Melvin D. Lantis, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at Harvard Rest Haven in Harvard.
Mr. Lantis was born Nov. 3, 1921 in Franklin, Neb., to Frank and Hazel (Castor) Lantis.
He graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Nebraska.
His college studies were interrupted by his enlistment in the United States Army during WWII. He served with the Fifth Armored Division in the European Theater as an artillery specialist.
During his service, he married his high school sweetheart, Julia Joy on April 23, 1944. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2006.
He began his working career as a voc-ag teacher in Imperial, Neb. He later served as Chase County Extension agent for six years.
He then worked for three years in Waco, Texas, before moving to Hastings, where he worked for Farmland Industries as a territorial field man and as a securities agent until his retirement.
Melvin was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Mid-West Lodge #317 A.F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite.
He was a volunteer for Mary Lanning Hospital Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels.
Melvin enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandsons. He was very outgoing and leaves behind wonderful memories for all who knew him.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Nancy Lantis of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Kevan Exstrum of Hastings, Neb.; grandsons, Dan Lantis of Lincoln, Neb., Pat Lantis of Lincoln, Neb., James Lantis of Lincoln, Neb., Jeff Exstrum of Denver, Colo., Matt Exstrum of Lincoln, Neb., Adam Exstrum of Omaha, Neb.
Mr. Lantis was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Julia; and still born twins sons.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Alan Davis officiating.
Burial was held in Parkview Cemetery in Hastings.
Memorials may be given to Scottish Rite-Rite Care or Shriner’s Children Hospital Transportation Fund.
Condolences may be sent to www.lbvfh.com.