On Saturday my wife and I attended the memorial service in Orrville, Ohio, for John Schantz formal tonal director and CEO of the Schantz Organ Company. Having lived to 93 John lived a long, interesting, and productive life.
I had the distinct pleasure of knowing John as my mentor and boss during my brief tenure as a voicer and finisher at Schantz when I was quite young.
John was well respected in the pipe organ world as he, his brother, and cousin built Schantz into a significant presence and major builder of pipe organs. John was a consummate musician who loved to play the piano for anyone who would listen. He was a dedicated family man, and a driving force in the community in which he lived.
The world will miss you John and long remember you.