Jeffery L. Kranz

January 5, 1958June 26, 2019

Jeffery Lin Kranz, loving husband, father, and grandfather, went to be with his Heavenly Father on June 26, 2019 at the age of 61. He was born on January 5, 1958 in Lansing, Michigan. Jeff passed peacefully with his wife by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents: Jimmie L. Kranz and Judy M. (Cooney) Kranz; grandparents: Hazel and Edward Kranz, and Virgil and Onolee Cooney. Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Cynthia Kranz, daughter Alexis (Dylan) Stein, grandson Dylan Stein, Jr., and unborn granddaughter, Audrey Stein, in-laws Dr. Lowell and Jo Lou Ewart, sister Julie (Rodney II) Lane and brothers: Jim (Kelly) Kranz and Jerry (Beth) Kranz, in-law sister Lori (Greg) Peck, in-law brothers: Brad (Michelle) Ewart, Tim (Marila) Ewart; nephews: Rodney (Jessica) Lane III, Jimmy Kranz, Daniel (Sarah) Ewart, Greg Peck, Andrew Peck; nieces Cheryl (Christopher) Bawden, Melissa Ewart, Tammie Peck; great nephew: Jacob Peck, Aidan Peck, Andrew Peck; great nieces: Aubrey Peck, Kaitlyn Lane, Marissa Lane, Brooklyn Lane, Jenna Sheldon, Kameryn Bawden, along with many aunts,uncles and cousins. Jeff graduated Leslie High School in 1976. During high school Jeff was actively involved in local 4-H clubs, marching/concert band, and Future Farmers of America. He enjoyed snowmobile riding and building racing engines. During post high school years, he purchased a 1979 Chevy short box truck and built the truck for driving on the Northern Michigan sand dunes. His passion was the 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible he purchased from his Uncle Max Kranz. When Jeff was in high school, he was one of the first volunteers for a just starting Beekman Therapeutic Riding program. Jeff also was a volunteer for the Ingham County Heavy Rescue Division during the 80’s into the early 90’s and proudly volunteered on the Ingham County Sheriff Mounted Division. He loved helping people. Jeff married Cynthia Ewart on August 28, 1982. He was a member of the Mason Masonic Lodge #70 Free & Accepted Masons. In 1977 he began working for Oldsmobile/General Motors and enjoyed his 42-year dedicated career in the automotive industry where he made many friends. Jeff had a passion for dogs, horses, and chickens. One of Jeff’s pride and joys was being a pit crew for his wife and daughter during the many horse shows then later the video engineer during dog training and trials for his wife. He enjoyed making others laugh, had a delightful sense of humor, and enjoyed engaging in a conversation with anyone. The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Sparrow Hospital Cardiac Care Unit for their remarkable care. Jeff would have liked instead of flowers to have a donation given to the Ingham County Animal Control in Mason, Michigan. A celebration of life will be held during Summer 2019 (date to be determined). Jeff leaves his family and friends with fond memories


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Bryan Fogg

July 11, 2019

Jeff was a great friend to me in high school. He welcomed me into marching band in the summer of 1975 when he was Senior and I a lowly Freshman. He would pick me up in “the bug” and have me laughing all the way through band practice.

Jeff taught me a lot about cars and helped me work on my first one like it was his own. We all loved his 71’ Cutlass and envied his extensive car knowledge. It seemed that Jeff always had the answer when there was a car question and his enthusiasm and humor made him a lot of fun to be around.

Rest In Peace my friend. Somewhere you’re “pulling a whole shot” right now.

Fran Martinez

July 10, 2019

Many fondly remember Jeff as PC . A nickname he said he acquired around age 12. He moved slow and steady but always got the job done, and would help whoever needed it. He was always trying to lighten up the day with his humor. He had an exceptional memory for trivia and shared it often. He loved getting his face painted every day by his dogs and engaging with all the people while his wife ran trials. He was a faithful husband and proud dad. He was so excited to spend time with his daughter and grandson and I know he will be watching over her with the birth of his grandaughter. We miss him here everyday and send prayers to his family .

Yushonda Dupree

July 9, 2019

I was blessed to share a worklife with "Porkchop". I remember when I met Porchop. I was not comfortable calling him that nick name. So, I addressed him as Mr. Krantz. He told me, not to call him that but to call him Porkchop. I never made that mistake again. He shall remain loving in my memory as "Porkchop".

I pray peace and grace for the Krantz family and friends. God's love is endless.

Y. Dupree

Lee Reicheld

July 8, 2019

I met Jeff and Cynthia seven years ago. Ever since that very first day Jeff always made me feel like I was family. He was one of the most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. No matter what the situation, he was always willing to help and would offer you the shirt off of his back. His love of friends, family and his animals was always clearly evident. Jeff was a cherished part of our Schutzhund family and his absence will be strongly felt by us all.

Julie Richards

July 8, 2019

You will be missed Jeff. I am so sorry for your loss Cynthia.

Sue Emerick

July 5, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you Cyndy and Alexis.
I will always remember Jeff's helping hand at the 4h horse shows and rodeo's. He seemed to make Lacey, Keisha and myselfs life much easier many times. Great person that guy.

AL Vincent

July 4, 2019

There will only be ONE P. C. . Jeff would engage in conversation with just about any one. If it was with one of his shop rats, it might get heated, in a fun way. He could dish it out but he was man enough to take it also. His presents will be greatly missed at the G. M. warehouse. Also at the Local 1753 Christmas party. Three cheers for a good friend and co-worker. R.I.P.

Cynthia Kranz

July 4, 2019

I know you are whole and at peace sweetheart. Take care of our animals. I love you so much

Mike Beard

July 4, 2019

Jeff was one of those rare people that could find humor in most any situation. His infectious sense of humor kept everyone around him in a light hearted mood. In the great tapestry of our lives Jeff is one of most colorful threads and will be missed by so many.

Leesa Massman

July 1, 2019

Jeff and I were in 4-H together when we were teens. I remember his beloved convertible he got from his uncle. It was his pride and joy and his friends got the fringe benefit of getting an occasional ride in his classy car. He and I stayed in touch over the decades. My heart goes out to Cindy and Alexis. SO very sorry for your loss. Jeff will be deeply missed.