The Ottumwa Courier


December 26, 2013

Dr. Robert Schrantz

OTTUMWA — Dr. Robert D. Schrantz, 84, of St. Paul, Minn., died Dec. 24, 2013.

He was a graduate of St. John’s University and Loyola Medical School, spent two years in the U.S. Air Force before practicing medicine for five years in Park Rapids, Minn. He then took a residency in pathology at Mayo Clinic. In 1972, Dr. Schrantz founded Laboratory Control in Ottumwa, where he established a laboratory system which became regarded as a model in the field of pathology. In 2006, Dr. Schrantz was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Ottumwa Regional Health Foundation in recognition of his role as a pioneer in creating health systems that improved the accessibility and quality of care. In addition to being CEO of Laboratory Control, Dr. Schrantz was instrumental in the founding of the Ottumwa Medical Clinic, and due to his deep commitment to the treatment of substance abuse, he was the medical director of The Ottumwa Regional Family Recovery Center. His work and leadership made a profound impact on the health and quality of life in southeast Iowa.

Dr. Robert D. Schrantz was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Michael (Jayne), Mark, Mary and husband, Joseph Wilson, Jeffrey (Denise), Patrick (Tracy), Jane Schrantz, Doran and husband, Christopher Conry, Sarah and husband, Andrew Sims; grandchildren, Leann, Joshua, Kristin, Laura, Jacob, Zach, Callie, Jonathan, Lauren, Isaac, Eli, Claire, Tate, Clara and Alice; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Welshons; brother, Roger Schrantz.

A funeral service was held in St. Paul, Minn.

Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities Social Justice Fund.

Willwerscheid Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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