Michael S. Banta of Greenwood Lake, N.Y. a lifelong resident of the area and a former Iron Worker with Banta Iron Works, passed away on February 17, 2022 in Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y. He was 81. The son of the late Joseph and Mariam O'Dell Banta, he was born on May 8, 1940 in West Milford, N.J. Michael was a kind, sweet, gentle soul to everyone he knew. He was a member of the Warwick Rod and Gun Club, the National Rifle Association and was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt. He especially loved his summers in Maine. Survivors include his wife Alisa Daven Banta at home. His children Bre Driggers of Mt. Ulla, N.C., Heather Banta of Suffern, N.Y., James Smith Jr. of Rockwell, N.C. and Sean Lambert of Huntington, TX. His grandchildren Sienna and Madison Cruz; Katie, Alissa and Emma Pressley; and Cameron Lambert. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Marcia Flynn and his brothers Ronald Banta, Donald Banta, Gordon Banta and Dave Banta. A Celebration of Life will be held June 4th, 2022 at Michael and Alisa's home per his request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or at https://gofund.me/67dd71e7 To plant a tree in memory of Michael Banta, please visit Tribute Store Arrangements by Strong Basile Funeral Home www.ocfuneralhomes.com or 845-477-8240.