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Raymond E. Kranz

Raymond E. Kranz

Raymond E. Kranz passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday November 30th 2017, at the age of 80 years old.

He was born on January 29th 1937 to Harry and Edith (Smith) Kranz in Lockport IL.

He grew up in Lockport IL where he attended school and after he enrolled in the United States Air Force where he served from 1954-1964. He traveled the world in the military and was an aircraft crash and fire rescue.

After the Airforce he came back to IL and he worked for Thomas Steel Company. Then moved to Evansville Mn and worked for Donnelly Custom Molding in Alexandria where he retired.

He was a member of the Legion Post 18 in Lockport IL for 43 years. He loved Fishing and it wasn't just a hobby but a passion, ice fishing, summer fishing, any pictures you see of him have fish and or fishing in them. If he wasn't fishing he was cooking for his friends and family. Sports were always on tv and he was a spectator at local ball games of all kinds. Always love to make a wager with friends and family. He was so happy and excited that his beloved cubbies finally won the world series! When he wasn't watching sports, he was visiting the casinos, he loved a good slot machine.

He survived by his Nephew; Craig and Patricia Bengford of Miltona Mn, Cousin; Les Tweeter of Evansville Mn,Close friends; Dave and Kim Anderson of Evansville Mn, Darrell Grove of Evansville Mn, Sister in law; Shirley Kranz of Lockport IL, Son; Donald Kranz of Colorado and many friends and family in Minnesota and Illinois.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Harry and Edith Kranz, Brothers- Harry Jr (Butch) and Harold (Lloyd) Kranz, Sisters- Myrth Noon, Doris Lennert, Lois(Toots) Hilton, Beverly Bengford, Marilyn Marco, Betty Kokalj, Darlene Orsen and Shirley Gil.

There will be a celebration of life on Monday Dec 11th at the Senior Center in Evansville MN 4-7 pm and Saturday Dec 16th12-5 pm at the Legion Post 18 in Lockport IL. Burial with Military Honors will be Monday Dec 18that 9:30 AM at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Joliet IL.

In Lieu of flowers pleases donate to Douglas County Hospice.

You can send cards to Craig Bengford 8026 County Rd 36 NE Miltona, Mn 56354