Verne Clifford Pfantz, 95

Verne Clifford Pfantz, 95, of State Center, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Grandview Heights Rehab and Healthcare.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018, at St. John Lutheran Church in State Center at 10:30 with Pastor David Klinge officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 22, at St. John Lutheran Church with the family greeting friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church in Verne’s name. For condolences please visit or call (641)-844-1234.

Verne was born on September 3, 1922, in State Center, Iowa, to Walter and Luella (Hennies) Pfantz. Verne attended St. John’s Lutheran parochial school thru the 8th grade. He was a graduate of State Center High School with the class of 1939. Verne proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Army Air Corp in October 1942. He received his pilot’s training in a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane in Texas. He went overseas in September 1944. He flew 80 missions giving close ground support to Patton’s 3rd Army as it moved across France and Germany. After the War he served as a flight instructor in Texas until he was honorably discharged from the service in October 1946. Prior to going overseas, he married Helen Riemenschneider on July 30, 1944, in Wilmington, North Carolina. The two would make their way back to Iowa and settled near State Center on the family farm. Verne was a very active member in his community. He was a lifetime member of the Harlan G. Pfantz American Legion Post #122, and was proud to help with military honors for veteran’s funeral services. He was also an active member of the State Center Lions Club for 60 years. He also served on the Rose Festival Committee and was chairman for several years.

Left to cherish Verne’s memory are his children Sandra (Mark) Steger, and Craig (Mary) Pfantz, grandchildren: Scott (Leah) Steger, Drew (Lindsey) Steger, Ryan (Tara) Pfantz, Ashley (Tanner) Buck and Brett Pfantz; great-grandchildren: Myles, Cole, Luella, Tristan, Evan, Bria, Leon, Coen, Avery, Mason and Max. Also surviving are nieces Jackie Lueders and Jody Davis, and lifelong friend Wanda Lawthers.

Verne is preceded in death by his wife Helen; parents, Walter and Luella; brother Lyle (Lola) Pfantz, and sister Jean (Jim) Lueders.