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Roger Wesley Kranz was born on October 24, 1938, in Gaylord, Minnesota. He was the son of Roland and Emily (Trout) Kranz. Roger was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1953, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. He received his education at Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School in Gaylord.

On September 13, 1961, Roger was united in marriage to Constance Yaeger in Nicollet. After their marriage, the couple resided on a farm near Good Thunder, Minnesota. They were blessed with six children. Roger and Constance shared 55 years of marriage.

Roger operated Call O Wild Flight School, instructing students, flying charter trips, etc. He retired in 1988.

Roger enjoyed hunting deer, fishing, and spending time at the cabin. He was a charter member of Christ Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato, and a member of Ducks Unlimited and the NRA.

Roger passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Arlington, Minnesota, at the age of 78 years, 7 months, 12 days. Blessed be his memory.

Roger is survived by his:
Wife, Constance Kranz of Gaylord, MN; Children, Mark Kranz and his wife, Beth and their children, Matthew and Ethan of Eau Claire, WI, Margie Diggins and her husband, Jeff of Fremont, NH, Sherman Kranz and his wife, Julie and their children, Audrey and Adam, Eva, Olivia, and Alex of Good Thunder, MN, Wesley Kranz and his wife, Leah and their children, Aubree, Ashlyn, and Jaymee of Mankato, MN, Emily Pleiss and her husband, Mike and their children, Abigail and Nicholas of Mankato, MN, Janelle Pitts and her husband, Rick and their children, Sydney and Caleb Shelton; Tommy Pitts, and Evelyn Pitts of Good Thunder, MN; Siblings, Arlene Jacobson and her husband, Gene of Prior Lake, MN, Byron Kranz and his wife, Sharen of Gaylord, MN, Virginia Briard and her husband, Robert of Frazee, MN, Hans Kranz and his wife, Shirley of Gaylord, MN, Luther Kranz and his wife, Laura of Henderson, MN, Cheyenne Bernstein and her husband, Jerry of Arlington, MN; Sisters-In-Law, Darlene Kranz of Gaylord, MN, and Michele Kranz of Hudson, WI; Brother-In-Law, Larris Freyholtz of Bemidji, MN; Many Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his Parents, Roland and Emily Kranz; Sister, Lorraine Freyholtz; and Brothers, Ernest Kranz and Steven Kranz.
Published on June 8, 2017
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