John "Lowell" Shantz

John Lowell Shantz, of Arthur, passed away unexpectedly at Caressant Care Nursing Home in Arthur on Thursday, September 28, 2023. He was 89 years old.

Born on December 8, 1933 in Waterloo Township, to the late John and Ida (nee Bechtel) Shantz, Lowell was a retired electrician and worked for IBEW Local 804 for many years until retiring. He was a man of faith and showed that through his volunteering with Mennonite Disaster Service, Habitat for Humanity, House of Friendship, as well as numerous Church Committees. He was a Conference Rep for many years.

Survived by loving wife Lorene (nee Erb) Shantz of Arthur, of whom they just celebrated 66 wonderful years of marriage. Loved father of Barry Shantz of Kitchener-Waterloo, Steven (Kate) Shantz of Goshen Indiana, USA, Roger (Gayle) Shantz of Chatham and Darlene (Dan) Driedger of Drayton. Loved Grandfather of Michael, Heather (Kimal), Rebecca, Emily (Jarrod), Ben, Diana (Andrew), Rachel (Chris), Adam, Tim (Amy), and Sara (Cody). Dearly loved by his great grandchildren Ambrose, Theodora, Liesl, Paxton, Sylas, Griffin, Dayton, Kinsey and Wesley and Gabriel. Fondly remembered by his siblings Mae Baer of Wilmot Township, Alice Gascho of Cambridge, Norma Shantz of Cambridge, and Helen (Arnold) MacDonald of St. George, as well as many nieces, nephews and their families. Lowell will be missed by the entire Erb Family. Predeceased by his parents, sister Jean Shantz, and brothers in law Norman Gascho and Morgan Baer.

Family and friends are invited to visitation held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Sunday, October 1, 2023 from 2-4 pm & 6-8pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 11:00 am, at Hanover Missionary Church. 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 in our area, the family would appreciate the wearing of masks to help prevent the spread and to keep everyone safe. For those unable to attend the service, it will be livestreamed through the Funeral Home's Youtube channel (, and the video will also be available here on the obituary page. 

Memorial donations to the Hanover Mennonite Church or to the Mennonite Central Committee would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. 

VIDEO: Lowell Shantz Funeral Service Livestream




Public Condolences

Lorene and Family,
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family on Lowell's passing. He was such a wonderful man and always had a listening ear. He will be missed by many.
Sending thoughts and prayers.
Debra and Karl Schott

- Debra Schott
October 20, 2023

My condolences to the family always a gentleman a great loss.

- Jeff Scott
October 16, 2023

I was sorry I could not attend Lowell's funeral and have a chance to connect with you Lorene , and Barry, Steven Roger and Darlene and your families. I have great memories of when your family lived in Breslau, and going on camping trips with our friends at church.

When you moved away, it was not as easy to stay connected, but my deepest sympathy to each of you. Cherish the many good times you had together. Eleanor

- Eleanor Eleanor Snyder-McKee
October 9, 2023

Loreen:Thinking of you and your loss Lowell. You both were so very dear to me! I always loved the stories we shared! Big hug to all your family!

- Betty Herman-Hundt
October 3, 2023

Sending our thoughts and prayers to Roger, Gayle and family on the loss of your Father , Lowell Shantz. May the love that surrounds you today provide you with the strength to face the days ahead. Thinking of you all at this sad time .
Loel Cross and family

- Loel Cross
October 1, 2023

Our sympathy on the loss of your loved one.

- Bob @ Dolores Bohnert
October 1, 2023

To the family of John Shantz. I'm very sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to each and everyone of yous. Thanks Jp

- John Carey
October 1, 2023

Sympathies to Lorene and family. Lowell was a friendly jolly man easy to talk to.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ken T.

- Ken & Karen Toman
September 30, 2023

Roger. Gayle and families
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Sending prayers to you and your families during this difficult time.

- Renee Serruys
September 30, 2023

Heartfelt blessings as you say goodbye and grieve the loss of his presence in your lives.

- Kaufmann Lois and Jim
September 30, 2023

Thinking and praying for your entire family. I have many memories of how welcoming your dad was to me when I first came to Chesley.

- paul gascho
September 30, 2023

so sorry for your loss...may God be with you at this time

- Herman & Rose Tiessen
September 30, 2023

Our sympathies to you and your Family Roger on the loss of your Dad. Treasure your memories.
Craig & Wanda

- Craig & Wanda Smith
September 30, 2023

So sorry for this unexpected loss. Thinking of all the family and loved ones as you gather to lay to rest, Lowell. Our deepest condolences to you. Mary Margaret (Driedger) & Mike Roney.

- MaryMargaret Driedger
September 30, 2023

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