NAPPANEE — P. Carson Lantis, 74, of Nappanee, died at 7:15 a.m., Thursday, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Wakarusa.
He was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Osceola to Paul C. and Florence (Weldy) Lantis. He had lived his lifetime on the family farm.
On Aug. 6, 1961, he married Donna Stark.
She survives along with daughters, Judy Scheets, Wakarusa, Jill (Rex) Holdeman, Nappanee; three grandchildren, Andrea and Zachary Holdeman, Paul Scheets; and sisters, Esther Crabill, Ft. Wayne and Martha (Bob) Kaylor, Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Lantis was a lifelong member of Union Center Church of the Brethren, where he served as a deacon. He was a former Church Board chairman and Sunday school teacher.
Carson worked for Elkhart Community Schools for 44 years. He started as a teacher for special needs students and became the Director of Special Education. He retired in 2004. Mr. Lantis was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash for education.
Carson was an avid supporter of the 4-H program. He was a leader of the 4-H Lamb Club for 20 years. He was a member of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board for 31 years and served as President of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in 1996. Mr. Lantis was inducted into the 4-H State Fair Hall of Fame in 2003 and was the Parade Marshall for the 2009 Elkhart County 4-H Fair parade.
Carson lived on his grandparent’s farm and raised Suffolk sheep. His greatest passion was selling lambs for 4-H projects and being able to help the kids and give advice on raising them for the 4-H shows.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and for one hour prior to the funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Union Center Church of the Brethren.
Burial will be in Union Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair or Union Center Church of the Brethren Building Project.