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Louis Frederick Heinrich "Lou" Antholz
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1883
Elk Creek
Johnson County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1950
Weld County
Colorado, USA


Louis Frederick Heinrich Antholz, son of Henry Frederick Antholz and Eleanore Margarethe Nee Schmidt, was born at Elk Creek, Nebraska August 29, 1883. He was brought to the Lord in early childhood through the rite of Holy Baptism. After a thorough course of instruction on the way of salvation he was confirmed in the faith of his parents in St. Jacob's Lutheran Church at Long Branch, Nebraska at the age of 15 years.

In the year 1906 he came to western Kansas and began to farm on his own, north of Atwood. In 1917 he moved on west and established his home north of McDonald, Kansas. From early manhood on he was deeply interested in land ownership and as the Lord blessed his labor, he purchased and placed under cultivation many acres of land throughout the middle west. These holdings also gave him an opportunity to help others and with his help many a young man got started in life as a farmer. Nor was he unmindful of the Psalmist's word when we said, Let the beauty of the Lord be upon us. He was a lover of beautiful surroundings and being a talented carpenter, he took a great deal of pride in making his farms as attractive as they possibly could be made.

Up until April 2, 1950, Lou was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Bird City, Kansas. The congregation here honored him to serve for several terms as treasurer of the church. On April 2, 1950, having moved to Greeley, Colorado, Lou transferred his membership to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley. His wife affiliated herself with the church the same day and together they found much joy in their worship and equally much comfort in the privilege of Communion.

Lou was united in marriage on February 26, 1949 with Mary Lillian Franklin Briney. They spent the early part of their married life in California and then came to Greeley, Colorado in June of the same year. Lou thoroughly enjoyed his home and the short span of his married life.

On September 10th the congregation in Greeley gathered together for the annual mission festival rally. This was the last public worship service that he was privileged to attend. Early in the morning of September 11th, he was stricken with a heart attack. He was then immediately taken to the Weld County Hospital, placed under oxygen, and received expert medical care. During the weeks at the hospital, his own personal hope of recovery never dimmed. Nevertheless, complications developed and the Lord saw fit to call him from this life at 9 p.m. on Thursday evening, October 5th. At the time of his death he was a little over 67 years old.

During the stay at the hospital, I had the privilege of being a frequent visitor at his bedside. He deeply appreciated the Scriptures that I was able to bring him and especially the prayers that we prayed together. On several occasions, since speech was very difficult for him, he instructed his nurse to be certain and tell the Pastor to come back. In the hour of death, we are certain that he was able to say with the Apostle Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown or/of righteousness which He will give in that great day and not only to me, but to all that love his appearing." May he rest in peace.

Lou is survived by his wife Lillian Antholz, four step-children, Walker Briney of Goodland, Kans., Gay Briney of San Dimas, Calif., Aubrey Briney, McDonald, Kans., and Mrs. Velma Pancake of Goodland, Kansas. Five brothers: Herman, William, Adolph and George Antholz of McDonald, Kansas and Henry Antholz of Minturn, Colo. Two sisters: Mrs. Anna Merg, Newkirk, Oklahoma and Mrs. Louise Huffman, Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as by many nephews, nieces and a host of friends. His father, mother, two sisters and a brother preceded him in death.

"Earth to earth and dust to dust"
Calmly now the words we say,
Left behind we wait in trust
Till the Resurrection Day.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping."

Thank you sincerely, for your kind expression of sympathy. It was deeply appreciated and is gratefully acknowledged by Mrs. Louis Antholz, Family, and Relatives of the late Louis Antholz.

The Citizen Patriot
Atwood, Kansas
Published October 19, 1950, Page 5
Family links: 
  Henry Frederick Antholz (1851 - 1925)
  Mary Lillian Franklin Antholz (1885 - 1970)*
  Anna Sophia Merz (1879 - 1956)*
  Herman Fritz Antholz (1881 - 1957)*
  Louis Frederick Heinrich Antholz (1883 - 1950)
  Heinrich Wilhelm Dietrich Antholz (1885 - 1983)*
  Sophia M. M. Antholz (1888 - 1888)*
  William E Antholz (1889 - 1972)*
  Dietrich Friedrich Wilhelm Antholz (1892 - 1893)*
  Infant Daughter Antholz (1894 - 1894)*
  Adolph Fritz Antholz (1895 - 1978)*
  George D Antholz (1901 - 1957)*
*Calculated relationship
Grace Cemetery
Rawlins County
Kansas, USA
Plot: 34, Lot 1
Created by: Marilyn Birkby
Record added: Oct 04, 2011
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Louis Frederick Heinrich Lou Antholz
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
Louis Frederick Heinrich Lou Antholz
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
Louis Frederick Heinrich Lou Antholz
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