Gary Kranz

QUINNESEC – Gary W. Kranz, 82, of Quinnesec, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, peacefully at his home.

He was born July 27, 1931, in Iron Mountain, son of the late John and Jenny (Reese) Kranz.

Gary attended Iron Mountain Public Schools. At age 14, he began work at Goulette’s Cold Storage/Ice House, becoming the last of the area “Icemen.”

He married the love of his life, Barbara Lange in 1952 and they spent 61 years devoted to each other.

Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, and served in Korea. He sustained serious injury requiring extensive medical care and was honorably discharged in 1953. Barb left home and relocated to help care for Gary. Eight months later they returned to the area to raise their three sons. Gary worked at Kresge’s Store and later at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Hospital in Iron Mountain until he retired.

He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed horseshoes, cribbage, and gardening. He and Barb especially loved Christmas with their children and enjoyed decorating their home together for the holidays, hosting many memorable family gatherings.

Gary was a member of First Lutheran Church of Iron Mountain and the Michigan Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1879.

He is survived by three sons, Fraser Kranz of Goodman, Wis., Aaron (Brenda) Kranz of Breitung Township, and Kyle (Dawn) Kranz of Kingsford; four grandchildren, Gary (Dawn), Ashlee, John and Jacob; one step-grandson, Brian Pierce of Madison, Wis.; and two step-great-grandchildren, Zachary and Logan of DePere, Wis.

In addition to his parents and wife, Barbara, Gary was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Dana and Travis Kranz; one daughter-in-law, Cecilia Kranz.

In accordance with Gary’s wishes, private family visitation and services will be held. Rev. James Lindgren will officiate.

Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery. The Michigan Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1879, and the American Legion Uren-Cooper Johnson Post 50, will accord military honors at graveside.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Gary, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Gary’s legacy of life.