Ralph K. Schantz age 85, passed away, April 28, 2017 at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital. Ralph was born November 19, 1931, the son of Otto L. and Ferne E. (Pickett) Schantz. A graduate of Thornapple High School class of 1950. On September 6, 1952, Ralph married the love of his life, Mary Lou Eggleston, who survives. Ralph was a loyal employee of Montgomery Wards, where he worked in appliance repair for many years. He also farmed, and was an avid Detroit Tiger, Detroit Lions fan and a John Deer ethusisist. Ralph will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was a jack of all trades and could build or fix anything. Other members of his family include daughters: Cindy (Greg) Wieck, Dawn (Lloyd) Kilmer, and Karen Nicholson, sons: John (Doris) Schantz and Randy Schantz, a sister in law, Verle Schantz, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Mildred Martin and Lucille Atherton, a brother Russell Schantz and a son in law Robert Nicholson. His family will receive friends Tuesday May 2, 2017, 12:00 to 1:00 PM, with his funeral service at 1:00 PM at the Beeler-Gores Funeral Home, Middleville, Pastor Tony Shumaker, officiating. Private interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choice will be appreciated. Ralph’s family would like to thank the staff of Magnum Care of Hastings for the excellent care Ralph received. Please visit www.beelergoresfunreal.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Ralph’s family.