Floyd F. Bontz, 79, of Vandalia, Mo., died at 1:43 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at his home with his wife and children surrounding him.
Floyd Francis Bontz was born May 22, 1932 in Madisonville, Mo., to Hermann and Willie Fay Bontz. Floyd grew up in Madisonville, Mo., and was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Korean War. He married Betty Lou (Smith) Bontz on May 28, 1953 in Vandalia, Mo.
After serving in the military, Floyd was employed at the International Shoe Factory in Vandalia for 15 years before going to work at Harbison-Walker Refractories. He retired after 35 years of employment. He was an avid vegetable gardener and loved growing vegetables for his family and friends.
He also spent his retirement collecting clocks. He was happiest when surrounded by his family.
Mr. Bontz is survived by his wife, Betty; three children: Rebecca Louise Welch and husband, Frank, of Bowling Green, Mo.; Gregory Douglas Bontz and wife, Kathy, of Vandalia, Mo.; Tammy Lea Fischer and close friend, Allen, of Bowling Green; 10 grandchildren: Andrea Ivy and husband, Jeff, of Clarksville, Mo.; Thomas Welch and wife, Mandy, of Curryville, Mo.; Timothy Welch of Clarksville, Mo.; Paul Douglas Bontz of Blue Springs, Mo.; Austin Gregory Bontz and wife, Jaimie, of Cameron, Mo.; Sarah Patridge and husband, Jeff, of Oak Grove, Mo.; Jamie Fischer and close friend, Sean Delozier, of Vandalia, Mo.; Angela Fischer, Cheyenne Hicks, and Dakota Hicks, of Bowling Green, Mo.; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Runyon and Donna Hoover, Vandalia, Mo.
Mr. Bontz was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one son-in-law, and one grandson.
There will be a private graveside service at the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.