Skip to comments.FReeper LantzALot Battling last stages of Cancer - died June 8
Posted on 05/19/2009 5:19:00 PM PDT by DollyCali
Our dear friend is fighting hard the last leg of his battle with cancer. He lost his wife a few years ago & has gone through his own journey of misery with the big C
How to you pray for a good friend who is fighting the last struggle? I guess with lots of love and with the trust of God to see him through his transition to glory. I regret deeply we never met face to face(YET).. but email & phone calls do strengthen ties & that is good I guess.
LanZALot needs our prayers and needs to hear some good stuff from Freepers!~
A couple years ago he enjoyed a family cruise & took /posted some pix & many of us for the first time were able to put a face with a pix.. I speak with him on the phone on occasion & his voice if firm & warm.. Loving & considerate. That is Lew.. That is Lantzalot..
His last post here at FR was at the thread of Ray Malone(CommonTator) death.. HERE
I suspect when I send him the link to this thread he will check in if he can
Here are his posts at Free Republic
Here are some of his recent notes from here & there & yonder. So you might have some background.
In recent weeks, my visits here have become fewer and farther between. It has been getting to be quite a chore to leave my room and walk the 15 or 20 steps to the "computer room." Well, in the past few days, it is getting to be a near impossibility. So I have to consider that this ... or my next trip here ... or the next -- could be my last time. I would like you all to know that the time I have been able to spend with you has been most enjoyable. A real blessing.
I'm a transplant from Indiana (Fort Wayne) to California (now living in San Pedro.) I've blossomed and flourished here, but will never shake that Hoosier soil from my roots. I have a sister still living in Fort Wayne and a brother who's moved to southern Indiana. My elder sister passed on in april, 2000.
Moved to California in 1962, just before my 21st birthday, and got a job at a defense contractor. Stayed with that company until 1996, when I was blessed with early retirement.
In 1969, I met the most beautiful woman in the world; married her in 1971. It was 30 years of bliss until her passing in 2001, nine days before 9/11. We loved to travel together, read books to each other, and just be in each other's company. From our previous marriages, she had six daughters, I had a son and daughter. The grandchildren number 18, and there is a one-year-old great granddaughter.
It was through her that my politics changed from liberal to conservative. In about 1999 I joined what was probably then the most prominent conservative web site, posting under the name "LantzALot." (My family name is Lantz.) They were heady times, culminating in booting the Clintons out of the White House in favor of "W."
Since my wife's passing, politics has become a less prominent part of my life. When I returned to that web site a couple of years ago, it seemed that the level of discussion had deteriorated, and the poster we know as "Ghost" guided me to another. I took the name "Calknight" on that site, and when Ghost introduced me to The Right Reasons, I became just "onemoreknight."
One thing that has always been a big part of my life is music, from listening to the radio at my mother's knee in the '40s, to dancing at record hops in the '50s, to singing folk and folk rock (always in the privacy of home.) In the late '90s I fell in love with Irish music. In the last couple of years, I have indulged my love of music by participating in NCJim's "This Is The Week That Was In Matters Musical" thread, and by (you are permitted to laugh here) singing in karaoke bars.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was removed by surgery, but the surgeon told me it would be back in six to twelve months. Well, I lasted twice that amount of time. Scans at 17 months after surgery showed me still clean, but at 21 months (about two weeks ago) it was back -- apparently with a vengeance. In the terminology of poker tournaments, I have been playing the short stack and holding my own; but now I'm all in, and the turn has given my opponent the advantage. If I don't get a miracle on the river, at least I've had a good run
My political conversion. Mine didn't come out of intellectual pursuit, merely from observing that the "anti-establishment" furor of the '60s and '70s was contrary to my values, and realization that my youthful idealism was misguided.
Now, a little perspective: she was eight years older than me, and did not (fully) share my taste in music. When I was a freshman in high school, dancing to Dont Be Cruel, she was already married and had two (of her six) daughters. She had about the same opinion of rock and roll as my parents had.
But this was different: a whole new sound. I was awestruck. I was impressed that a rock band would open with a symphony orchestra ..
Lew introduced me to many musical groups.. . If you go to the various threads at various forums at which he posted you are impressed with his knowledge & appreciation of many genre of music.. He shared many with me two especially have captured my heart and soul. Celtic Thunder and Celtic Women
Here are a few links of music of theirs that Lew shared with me and I now have shared with many others along the way
Knights (or is it NIGHTS?... LOL) in White Satan Lew is a Moodly Blues fan but I LOVED this visual with the sound for the song.
Nights in White Satin Celtic Thunder
Lew if you read this.. KNOW that I listen to this daily & think of you.. and I LOVE YOU DEAR FRIEND . Just as in this song.. the love that God gives to his people to share..I love you, yes, I love you, Oh I how I love you.. ..How I love you .
I know what Love Is Celtic Thunder
A Bird without Wings Celtic Thunder
Orinoco Flow Celtic Women
Beyond the Sea - Celtic Women
Feeding tubes, pain, difficulty in breathing are part of the daily life of LantzALot at this point. Lew needs our prayers and our support. Give him the old FReeper good wishes. We will all be there eventually. It can be a lonely journey or a rich journey depending
Sorry to hear this DollyCali,
sending prayers and good thoughts out..
He’s in my thoughts and prayers.
Lew will be in my prayers. Cancer stinks. No two ways about it.
My wife of 30 years died of cancer five years ago. Good luck to you Lantz. Somehow you will find the strength you need
Prayers on the way. Hang in there. Death is only a doorway to a much better place.
Best wishes and prayers for him, he sounds like a wonderful man.
He’s in my thoughts.
Jhn 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
I am praying for this wonderful man.
I pray that the time you have left is as pain free as possible.
It has been an honor to follow you on Free Republic.
Thanks for spending time here with us.
God Bless you.
Dolly, I’m so sorry to read this.....
Logan’s Prayer Warriors...please pray for this dear man...
LantzALot,even the best of this world is but temporary.
The beauty of the sunrise, flowers in all their glory, birds in flight over the incoming waves, children romping and giggling—all of this points to our wonderful God who is the Creator of all.
But it all passes away. It is the way of all the earth.
Like Psalm 23 tells us, we can have a companion in our walk through the valley of death. We don’t have to fear any evil.
The rod and the staff of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, will see each of His lambs safely through.
The journey you are about to take is really what you have preparing for, for your entire life. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but by Me.” And He went to the Cross to show that the payment for sin is paid, and He rose again to show that we could trust Him when He said He had the keys to Death and Hell.
Words can say so little at a time like this, other than that when you are in Christ, you are like Noah in the Ark. You don’t need to fear the storm or the waves or the tumult.
Your passage and destination are secure.
We will still be here, and we will continue the fight for America, until we are called to come home by the Master when our work here is done..
Jesus said “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
And He never, ever lied.
God bless you and give you peace in the coming days. Your promotion to Glory awaits.
Thank you for your note DollyCali. I am so sorry to hear about LantzALot.
Please convey to him my concern and best wishes. I know this is a tough time, but I want him to know I will be thinking of him and requesting the best for him and his family.
He will be in my prayers.
With every good wish, Ron Doughty
God Bless him.
May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.
Prayers up for a guy who’s ahead of us on a road we’ll all have to walk someday. At the end is the Light.