Ira Rolf Pfantz, the son of Ira and Rose (Wolken) Pfantz, was born June 8, 1937, in State Center, Iowa. He graduated from high school in State Center. Ira served his country in the United States Army from 1960 to 1963 and was a member of the American Legion Post 0122 in State Center. He worked as a material handler for Dunham-Bush, Inc. in Marshalltown.
On Nov. 29, 1986, Ira was united in marriage with Karen B. Vander Zyl in Newton, Iowa. Ira was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and was a bee keeper. Ira took pride in winning the blue ribbon sweepstakes at the Iowa State Fair five years in a row for his honey.
Ira died on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton. He was 76 years old. Ira was preceded in death by his parents; one step-grandson; his brothers, Theodore Pfantz and Eldon Pfantz; his sisters, Elaine Schaper and Violet Meier; his step-brother, George Pfantz and his step-sister, Erma Riese.
Those left to honor Ira’s memory include his wife, Karen Pfantz of Newton; his daughters, Leann (Mike) White of Rhodes, Iowa, and Teri (Ahmet) Baydar of Boston, Mass.; his step--daughters, Melody (Garry) Landgrebe of Newton and Amy (Tim) Clark of Newton; his step-son, Daniel (Paula) Dahlin of State Center, Iowa; two grandsons; step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and his brother, Robert Pfantz of Brandon, Fla.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Community Heights Alliance Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday and immediately following the service during lunch. Memorials may be designated to Skiff Hospice and may be left at the church or at Pence-Reese Funeral Home.