By HDN Staff
GREAT FALLS William E. "Bill" Lantry, 76, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at a Great Falls hospital of natural causes.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside service with military honors will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Cemetery in Havre. Reception to follow at the Vets Club.
Lantry was born Feb. 3, 1925 to William and Cora (Weyh) Lantry in Havre. He attended school in Havre.
He joined the U.S. Army in February 1944 and was discharged in May 1946. While in the Army, he completed his high school education. He received many medals, including the Purple Heart.
After his discharge from the Army, Lantry returned to Havre and worked for his uncle at the Stockman's Bar. Later, he worked at the Grand Hotel and the Elks Club. In 1952, he moved to California for a period.
Lantry was office manager for the Montana Department of Commerce's weights and measures bureau for 26 years. He retired Sept. 25, 1989. He lived in Helena, then moved to Great Falls, up to Havre and back to Great Falls.
Lantry was a lifetime member of the Eagles Club, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of the American Legion and member of the Elks Club for 53 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include his sisters, Rose Goar and Donna Bloyed, both of Havre, and Patricia Knutson of Great Falls; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231-4596 or The Montana Diabetes Association, Montana Division, 554 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802.