Willard L. 'Chuck' Grantz, 84, high school gym teacher

Willard L. "Chuck" Grantz, a retired Baltimore County high school gym teacher and combat veteran of World War II, died of bladder cancer Tuesday at his Bel Air home. He was 84.

Born and raised in Allentown, Pa., Mr. Grantz earned a bachelor's degree from then-East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in 1942. He played football and baseball in high school and college.


Shortly after graduation, Mr. Grantz joined the Navy. He attained the rank of lieutenant, and earned decorations that included the Purple Heart. He was wounded during an attack on the landing craft tank team he commanded in Italy.

After the war, Mr. Grantz taught health and physical education at what was then Dundalk Junior-Senior High School for 12 years.


He also earned a master's degree in health and physical education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1955.

He retired in 1975 after teaching for 18 years at Parkville High School.

Mr. Grantz was a member of the Bel Air American Legion post, the Baltimore County Teachers Association and several sports clubs.

He enjoyed golfing, trout fishing and imparting his knowledge of fly-tying to younger generations, said his son, Jeffrey A. Grantz of Columbia, S.C. "He was a coach, a war hero, a conservationist and an environmentalist," he said.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Evans Funeral Chapel, 3 Newport Drive, Bel Air.

Mr. Grantz is also survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Ruth G. Shaffer; a daughter, Linda S. Vogel of Havre de Grace; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.