Byron L. Kranz, 74, Gaylord


Byron Kranz, age 74, of Gaylord, passed away at his home in rural Gaylord on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Funeral services were held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. Pastor Harold A. Storm and Reverend Gary Ruckman officiated.
The organist was Jeanne Bruss.
Special music was provided by Preston Kranz, Rebecca Kranz, Luke Kranz, and Barrett Kranz: Psalm 130 ~ De Profundis
Special music was also  provided by Brian Asmus on the trumpet, “A Mighty Fortress.”
Congregational hymns were “I Am Jesus, Little Lamb,” “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice” and “Behold A Host, Arrayed In White.”
Casket bearers were David Kranz, Keith Schmidt, Richard Schwenn, Bryan Parrott, Derrek Schmidt and Benton Kranz.
Interment was in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Mountville, Dryden Township.
Byron Luther Kranz was born in Transit Township, Sibley County, on March 20, 1943. He was the son of Roland and Emily (Trout) Kranz. Byron was baptized as an infant on April 18, 1943, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 20, 1958, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord.  He received his education at Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School in Gaylord.
On Jan. 18, 1964, Byron was united in marriage to Sharen La Ray Hasse at Fairview Lutheran Church in Hopkins. This marriage was blessed with four children, Pauline, David, Miriam, and Chelsea. Byron and Sharen resided in Gaylord. They shared 54 years of marriage.
Byron was a poultry farmer on his farm in rural Gaylord. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Mountville, Dryden Township, Sibley County.
Byron enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Byron is survived by his wife, Sharen La Ray Kranz of Gaylord; children, Pauline RaVae (Keith) Schmidt of Glencoe, David Byron (Holly) Kranz of Gaylord, Miriam Ruth (Richard) Schwenn of Milbank, S.D., and Chelsea Lorraine (Bryan) Parrott of Green Isle; grandchildren, Derrek Schmidt, Amber Schmidt, Elisabeth Schwenn, Bennett Schwenn, Benton Kranz, Mariah Kranz, Wyatt Kranz, Audrey Parrott, Trevor Parrott and Aleah Parrott; siblings, Arlene (Gene) Jacobson of Prior Lake, Virginia (Robert) Briard of Frazee, Hans (Shirley) Kranz  of Gaylord, Luther (Laura) Kranz  of Henderson, and Cheyenne (Jerry) Bernstein  of Arlington; sisters-in-law, Darlene Kranz of Gaylord,  Michele Kranz of Hudson, Wis., and Constance Kranz of Gaylord; brother-in-law, Larris Freyholtz of Bemidji; and many other relatives and friends.
Byron is preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Emily Kranz; sister, Lorraine Freyholtz; and brothers, Ernest Kranz, Steven Kranz, and Roger Kranz.
Arrangements by the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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