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Gary W. Kranz
Gary W. Kranz, 82, of Quinnesec, Mi.,passed away Monday, Nov. 11 at his home.
Born July 27, 1931 in Iron Mountain, son of the late John and Jenny (Reese) Kranz, he attended Iron Mountain Public Schools. At age 14, he began working at Goulettes Cold Storage/Ice House becoming the last of the area Icemen. He married Barbara Lange in 1952 and they spent 61 years together.
Drafted into the United States Army in 1952, he served in Korea. He sustained serious injury requiring extensive medical care and was honorably discharged in 1953. His wife relocated to help care for him and eight months later, they returned to the area to raise their three sons. He worked at Kresges Store and later at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Hospital, Iron Mountain until he retired.
He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, enjoyed horseshoes, cribbage, and gardening. The couple loved Christmas with their children, decorating their home together for the holidays and hosting many family gatherings. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain and the Michigan Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1879.
He is survived by three sons, Fraser Kranz, Goodman, Aaron (Brenda) Kranz, Breitung Township and Kyle (Dawn) Kranz, Kingsford; four grandchildren; a step-grandson and two step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife Barbara, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Cecilia Kranz.
Per his wishes, private family visitation and services will be held. Rev. James Lindgren will officiate with burial in Breitung Township Cemetery, Quinnesec. The Michigan Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1879 and the American Legion Uren-Cooper Johnson Post No. 50, will perform Military Honors at graveside. Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain is assisting the family with arrangements.
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