Saturday, December 20, 2014



Martha “Joy” Lantz Louderback, 91, a former Franklin County resident, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Eagle Estates Assisted Living Center, Independence, Kan.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Louderback 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Interment is planned for Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Kan.

Joy was born April 10, 1922, in Princeton, Kan., the daughter of Jerry and Sarah (Price) Lantz.

She attended Princeton Old District 63 and graduated from Princeton High School with the class of 1940. She continued her education, taking business classes at Chanute Junior College.

She later worked for Star Grain and Lumber Company in Princeton. After her children were in school, she worked for Parmalee Products and King Radio, retiring in 1984. She lived on a farm near Homewood, the Ottawa area, and Williamsburg.

Joy married Bill Reekie in 1942. They later divorced.

She married Chester Louderback in 1980. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Joy worked many years in the Jolly Junior 4-H Club at Homewood and later in the Far and Near 4-H Club in Williamsburg, serving as leader and in many other areas of the clubs.

She belonged to the Loyal Neighbors HDU for many years and volunteered at the Williamsburg Nutrition Site for more than 20 years. She was appointed to serve as board member for the Area Agency On Aging for Franklin County, serving for six years, as well as working on the county Transportation Board, representing “seniors.”

Joy became a member of the Princeton Christian Church in 1932. She later joined Homewood Christian Church where she served for a number of years as Sunday school superintendent and taught in Bible school and beginning Sunday school classes.

Joy loved camping, fishing, volunteering, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren. She moved to Independence in 2011 to be closer to her daughter.

Survivors include her three children, Chris Reekie and wife, Lila, Williamsburg, Penny McClure, Plano, Texas, and Lea Shepard and husband, Kevin, Independence, Kan.; five grandchildren, Ian Reekie and wife Marcella, St. George, Kan., Shannon McClure-Lechtenberg and husband, Drew, Lawrence, Jason McClure and wife, Amy, Lucas, Texas, Daniel Shepard, New York, New York, and Keith Shepard, Springfield, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren, Sierra and Savannah Clark, Aislinn Reekie, Kyle and Jack McClure, and Bradley and Natasha Lechtenberg; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Chet; parents, Jerry and Sarah Lantz; sisters, Frances, Rilla, Vera, Beth, Nellie, Stella and Lois; and brothers, Jesse, Everett, Clifford, John and Gene.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Homewood Christian Community and Bible Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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