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Victim from house fire identified
Stan Jantz

HOISINGTON — A Hoisington man whose body was located inside his home after a fire Tuesday morning in his home has been identified as 80-year-old Stanley Jantz, Hoisington Police Chief Kenton Doze confirmed Thursday.

The Hoisington Volunteer Fire Department was summoned to Jantz’s home in the 500 block of East 3rd St. after the fire started around 7:46 a.m. Tuesday.

Hoisington Fire Chief Jerry Stricker said that a male resident was located as firefighters entered the residence.

The State Fire Marshal’s office was called in to assist in determining the cause of the fire. As of Thursday afternoon, the State has ruled the cause as undetermined, Stricker said. “That was their final word,” Stricker noted.

After locating Jantz, firefighters remained approximately two hours to extinguish the blaze, Stricker said.

Jantz was a member of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 2014 he was presented the Roger Sherman Medal for exemplary service by his SAR chapter president. At that time, he was Americanism chairman for the Sons of the Plains Chapter, a member of the color guard, and was credited with being instrumental in getting joint involvement with the DAR Chapter in Ellsworth.

More recently, in 2020, Jantz organized a project and joined fellow members of the Great Bend Evening Lions Club in presenting diabetic emergency kits to area schools.