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John R. Nantz

March 8, 1938 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

John R. Nantz Obituary

John Raymond Nantz, 85, of Londonderry Village, Palmyra, PA, born March 8, 1938, Hamilton, Ohio, greeted his wife Joyce E. (Davis) Nantz in heaven along with his parents, Raymond Brown & Mary Catherine (Hale) Nantz, his brother Phil and wife Linda (Rose) Nantz, his grandson John Luke Nantz along with many other family and friends. John is survived by his oldest brother James and wife Joyce (Brown) Nantz and his youngest brother Al and wife EJ (Hopper) Nantz, his two children, Joy Reardon and John M. and wife Mary (Risko) Nantz and grandson Jacob Nantz.


He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Mechanical Engineering and attended Crozer Seminary near Chester, PA. He served in the Brethren Volunteer Service in Westminster, Maryland and Falfurrias, Texas.


John was a man of convictions, a peacemaker and fighter of injustice. His life was one of service to his neighbors and community and lived his life in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi.


For many years, John served as the Director of Community Ministries with the Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, where he provided after school programs, Friday evening coffee houses, dart leagues, and various youth/community activities, field trips and programs for those living in the church neighborhood on Hummel Street in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg, PA. John also served as the Director of the Brethren Housing Association, Harrisburg, an organization that rehabilitated housing in the Hummel Street area and provide temporary housing to mothers with children and providing them life skills training so they could successfully raise their family on their own.


John would pack up his family and go tent and truck camping and would travel to Ohio and Florida almost annually to spend vacations with extended family while making many wonderful memories. He also enjoyed attending many school and sport activities of his grandsons and taking hikes and birdwatching especially at Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge and Cape May, NJ.


He and his wife Joyce were blessed with making new and reconnecting with old friends while living at Londonderry Village where they both received kind and compassionate care. Now, they both are at peace and, we who remain, are filled with their love and example to continue to serve others.


A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 30, 2023 at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, 219 Hummel Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104 preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00 PM.


If unable to attend in person, the service for John may be viewed at Zoom:

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Time: Dec 30, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Living Witness Fund, c/o Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, 219 Hummel Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.



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December 30, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren
219 Hummel Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104

Funeral Service
December 30, 2023

2:00 PM
Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren
219 Hummel Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104


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