Franklin “Frank” Curtis Shontz

Frank Shontz died on August 6, 2015, at the age of 88, in his home in Lawrence, KS. A memorial service will be held at Warren- McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS, at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Frank was born to Curtis Groner Shontz and Ida May Painter on December 9, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. He received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He married Nancy Kimball Shontz in 1954 and moved to Kansas, where he was a professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas, with an emphasis on rehabilitation psychology and quantitative analysis. He retired in 1992. During his retirement, he worked as a consultant for Resource Development Institute in Kansas City, MO. Throughout his career, he published seven books and was an advisor, mentor and friend to many graduate students.

Frank was also an accomplished musician and craftsman. He had an insatiable curiosity about a wide variety of subjects and a sharp sense of humor. While he did not subscribe to a formal religion, he attended the Unitarian Fellowship with his wife, Nancy, and was well educated in philosophy and spirituality.

Frank’s survivors include daughter Jennifer Shontz, granddaughter Erica, grandson-in-law Michael and great-grandson Milo; daughter Sally Fiske, son-in-law Tim, and granddaughters Amanda and Aliya; and son K. Curtis Shontz and granddaughter Lydia.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by an infant son, Rand Shontz, wife Nancy K. Shontz, brother William Shontz and sister Marjorie Shontz Adams.

Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas County Visiting Nurses or Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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4 Condolences

  1. leann Dickson on August 7, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing.
    We have been blessed to work with him during the last few years at Cardiac Rehabilitation. He will be missed by us all.

  2. Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC on August 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

    God Bless/RIP,to ALL who served.Thank YOU for your service, Frank……………… And Semper Fi.

  3. Linda McGregor on August 14, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Sad to hear of Frank’s passing. We have missed him since he moved away as our next door neighbor. Such a nice man-miss our conversations on the drive way. Peace to the family.
    The McGregor’s

  4. Charlotte Rosenak on September 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    To the Family of Frank Shontz and to all who knew him and will miss him, especially to Curt, Jenny and Sally:

    Once you could get passed the sign on Frank’s door in Frazer Hall that said, “Have a nice day, some place else…” the student could find a very wonderful professor with amazing ideas, capacities for unending research capabilities (there was nothing Frank wouldn’t study: tarot cards, forgiveness, cocaine usage, psychological type, any topic was worthy!!), and a sympathetic and supportive ear. Frank’s students all had a special appreciation for his wit and humor and depth of understanding of very complex issues. We all will miss him greatly, as even after he retired from K.U., he was supportive and did what he could to help us along. He will be greatly missed.

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