E. Lantz Carrico, 90, a WWII Army Veteran who fought at the Battle of the Bulge with the 254th Field Artillery, passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
He was born in Tunnelton, Preston County, W.Va., on April 27, 1923, to the late Maude and Elmer Carrico.
Lantz graduated from Grafton High School where he excelled in football and basketball. He married his high school sweetheart, Audrey Bartlett Carrico, on May 5, 1941, and was married almost 63 years. Audrey preceded him in death in 2004. He was her loving caregiver for over 20 years.
Lantz is survived by his second wife, Arlene Phillips Carrico; one son, Joe Carrico (Gina) of Vienna; one daughter, Judy Ball (Bob) of Parkersburg; one brother, Ralph Carrico of Morgantown; four grandchildren, Christopher Carrico (Heather) of Morgantown, Ashley Kibbe (Justin) of Indianapolis, Laura Chamberlain (Curtis) of Cambridge, and Rob Ball (Jessica Porter) of Parkersburg; four great-grandchildren, McKendree Fox and Harper Kibbe of Indianapolis, and Christian and Nicole Ball of Parkersburg; two step-great-grandchildren, Jackson and Kiera of Morgantown; one step-son, Steve Young (fiancee, Angel Fouty); one step-daughter, Debbie Young (Jim Dixon) of Parkersburg; step-grandsons, Jason Young (Sarah) and Jeremy Young; many nieces and nephews; as well as the Bartlett family, which includes three brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law and extended family. In addition to his parents and first wife, Audrey, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and Donald; two sisters, Dorothy and Ruth; and a special cousin, Rev. Hugh Boone.
Lantz sold Prudential insurance for 32 years and was a member of their Million Dollar Roundtable. He was a member and past president of the Life Underwriters Training Council and the Lions Club. He was a former member of 7th Street U.M. Church since 1953 and current member along with his wife, Arleen, of First Baptist Church, Parkersburg. He held many church positions and had also taught Sunday School. Lantz was an avid Mountaineer fan and love watching them play, attending his final game on September 30. He bowled on two senior leagues at Emerson, having last bowled in October. He celebrated his 90th birthday in April with a huge party attended by many family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at the Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Norman Butler and Dr. David Carrico, his nephew, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3-9 p.m. today, and one hour prior to service on Thursday.
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