A native-born citizen of the great Hawkeye state and a prominent young doctor of veterinary surgery at Exira is Roy A. Lantz, who was born at Oakland, Iowa, November 26, 1889, the son of Richard H. and Sarah (Becker) Lantz, both natives of Illinois.|
Richard H. Lantz grew to manhood in his native state and was there married. After his marriage, he clerked in his father's store at Afulka, Illinois, and also farmed. He engaged in farming for a few years after his marriage and subsequently moved to Oakfield, Iowa, where he rented his father's farm and managed it for a few years. He then moved to Nebraska and purchased a farm of eighty acres and here he farmed for himself for seven years, when he returned to a farm near Oakfield, which he rented. After being located near Oakfield for some time, he bought a farm near Anita, Iowa, consisting of two hundred acres and is now engaged in general farming and stock raising. Richard H. and Sarah Lantz had six children: William, May, Roy, Earl, Raymond and Merrill. William married Maud Faulkner; May married Rollie May; Merrill is deceased.
After being educated in the public schools of Nebraska and Iowa, and having attended the Highland Park College of Pharmacy for one year, Dr. Roy A. Lantz attended the Kansas City Veterinary College for three years and on April l0, 1913, received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It must be conceded, therefore, that few veterinarians have had a better training for their profession than Doctor Lantz, and this superior training, which was quickly recognized by the people of Audubon county, has been responsible for the flourishing practice which he has built up in such a short time. Since his graduation, he has been practicing in Exira.
Within a few months after being graduated from the Kansas City Veterinary College, Doctor Lantz was married on September 16, 1913, to Mildred Worthing, the daughter of Frank and Ella (Morgan) Worthing, and they now live in a comfortable home in Exira.
Doctor and Mrs. Lantz are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. He is a Republican in politics, but has never held office nor has he ever aspired to office.
Dr. Roy A. Lantz is a man who is not only well learned in his profession, but he is a man of most pleasing personality and who is well read and well informed on subjects of common interest. He never lags in his duties nor in his work and freely meets persons in all stations of life, with an ease which has made him very popular.
Transcribed from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 548-549.