September 15, 2017
|Rev. Wayne K. Shontz Jr. of Thompson, Pa., and formerly of Scranton, died Friday after a brief illness. Born April 29, 1928, in Oil City, Pa., he was the son of the late Wayne K. and Helen (Floto) Shontz Sr.
He was a graduate of the University of Detroit with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a graduate of the San Francisco Theological Seminary and Boston University, receiving a master’s degree in theology.
Before his retirement, Rev. Shontz served as pastor at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in West Pittston and the Minor Congregational Church of Plains, Pa. His ministry spanned 58 years, serving churches in Utah, Weld, Maine, and for many years in Blackstone and Leominster, Mass., and Jackson, Mich.
Rev. Shontz had a lifelong passion for model airplanes, boats, cars and woodworking. He had a miniature furniture business, known for his exceptional detail and craftsmanship.
Surviving are his wife, the former Susan Weinschenk; his son, Wayne K. Shontz III and wife, Lisa, of Reading, Vt.; his daughter, Christine L. Fortin and companion, John, of Lisbon, Maine; his sister, Suzanne Schwark of Minnesota; his grandchildren, Gabriella and Maria Shontz, and Michael and Timothy Fortin; his stepchildren, Robert C. Bresser and wife, Lori; Frederick A. Bresser, Carlene E. Nichols and husband, Michael; Sandra L. Bird and husband, Robert; and Ruth A. Filarsky; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Morton Shontz in 1979; and his grandson, David Fortin; and his sisters, Nancy Schwiekert and Edith Earhart.
A memorial service will be conducted:
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