November 30, 1937 ~ October 18, 2022

Born in: Chicago Heights, Illinois
Resided in: Torrance, California

Robert Jean Nantz was born on November 30, 1937 in the Hilltop neighborhood of Chicago Heights, Illinois. Robert departed this life to his heavenly home on October 18, 2022, at the age of 84. Due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and suffering a stroke, he passed peacefully with support from his family and the extraordinary medical staff at the Little Company of Mary hospital in Torrance, California. He was a devout Christian committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, a faithful husband and devoted and loving father. He was loved and cherished by all those who knew him. He never hesitated to give generously to those in need.

Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara (Allan) Nantz of Edinburgh Scotland; mother of their six children: Lillian, Barbara, Randy, Robert, Karen and Jerry. Robert and Barbara are survived by four of their children, thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren and his sister, Marylyn Reynolds in Elkhart, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.

As a child, Robert grew up in Chicago Heights, Ill and also spent part of his childhood in Traverse City, Michigan and Oakland, California while this father worked in the San Francisco shipyards during World War II. As a teen, Robert enjoyed athletics including ice skating, baseball, basketball and football. He attended Bloom High School in Chicago Heights. In 1955, after high school, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman and also received training as a medic. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton and was honorably discharged in 1958.

In 1956, Robert met the love of his life in Long Beach, California. They were married in 1957 in Redondo Beach, California at the home of Rev. Kay F and Collette Nance. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Chicago Heights, Illinois. He taught Sunday school bible class for several years at the First Baptist Church in Chicago Heights. In 1983, Robert and Barbara moved to southern California and resided in the South Bay area of California for their remaining years together.

He worked in the manufacturing and aerospace industry for more than 40 years. Robert and Barbara remained married for sixty-five years until the time of his death. Barbara was a loving wife and caretaker to Robert during his time of need the last few years of his life.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on October 27th at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California. The family would like to thank the Veterans Affairs staff, in particular those in
San Diego, for their compassionate care and generous resources.


Graveside Service: October 27, 2022 9:15 am

Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Noble Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

(858) 658-7360

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  1. candle 7Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

  2. May the Lords comforting hand be on the entire family in your time of loss. All our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. candle 1Sounds like a great man, a blessed life, and a wonderful legacy. My condolences to the entire Nantz family. Peace, love and light to you all.

  4. candle 7Dad, I already miss you so much but know you are in heaven praising the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. For by faith are we saved in Christ Jesus. Thank you for raising me to know who I am in Him. You were a fantastic father! I will carry you in my heart forever. I love you and look forward to the day we’ll all be together again. 🙏♥️

  5. candle 4Sending my deepest sympathy to the Nantz family and wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  6. candle 4My sincere condolences to the wonderful Nantz family. I met Bob when my son Donny began his relationship and eventually lifelong love with his daughter Karen and friendship with Jerry. I love them dearly.
    I remember Bob most of all by his great sense of humor and his devotion to family. He drove nonstop from California to Park Forest IL and I was so impressed by that devotion. I know he will be greatly missed but his family knows they will see him again someday. ❤️❤️❤️

  7. candle 1So sorry for your family’s loss. Sending our love ❤️💐. Wishing peace for you all during this difficult time.

  8. candle 4Your father sounds like an amazing man. May you find comfort in all the special memories you shared with him.

  9. candle 1Our prayers are with all the Nantz family at this time of mourning. He was a believer in Jesus, and therefore saved from eternal death. Take comfort, we, who also believe, will see him again in heaven.

  10. candle 1Heartfelt condolences to Aunt Barbara and the Nantz family. Barbara and Bob were so kind and generous when we visited them in California. We treasure the happy memories. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers Tim, Linda and all your family in Edinburgh.

  11. candle 7As the father of my soulmate, and Love of my life… Lillian, I felt like I knew Robert Nantz
    intimately. Lilly would boast about her dad quite often, a man of FAITH, FAMILY, and INTEGRITY!
    He seemed to be tireless with his work, family, church duties ETC. Lilly had that love of pets,
    like her father, and of course her DEEP LOVE for JESUS. It was instilled in her as a young child,
    and she always believed that, because of her upbringing. I wish I had a dad like Robert Nantz.
    I look forward to the greatest family reunion of all!

    Tom Denny

  12. candle 1Your father sounds like a wonderful man, may him rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. candle 8Dear Barbara and Family
    I was so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a gentle giant, a very kind, thoughtful, caring and God loving man. I will miss seeing him but I will always remember him. May his memory be eternal.
    God Bless everyone in his loving family, I know you will all be strong because he raised you well.
    love, Sylvia and Nils Pierson

  14. Nantz family
    I am so sorry for your great loss. Uncle Robert was the best. Loving, kind, and strong. I’ll always remember my time spent with you all in Park Forest. He left his family with many wonderful memories.

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