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In Memory of Richard Kranz

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday August 1, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday August 2, 2021
St. Charles Catholic Church
409 Third St. North
Bayport MN, 55003

Richard F. Kranz, age 90, of Stillwater, MN, passed away on July 20, 2021. Richard was born in Montevideo, MN, on March 3, 1931 to parents Frank and Lila (Aker) Kranz. After graduating High School Richard enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska for 4 years. During his time there the beauty of Alaska captivated him.  Richard loved to fish and was even a fishing guide.  He also enjoyed cooking and after retirement, he picked up metal detecting. He had a soft spot in his heart for his beloved cat, Tiger. He was a devout Catholic and was both caring and giving, he could never tell anyone no.

Richard will remain in the hearts of his children Patrick (Marion), Kathleen (Mark) Fletcher, Michael, Richard, and Mary (Jon) Place; grandchildren Amy, Bob, Dylan, Michael, Anthony (Lisa), Laura, Michael, Kristen (Tom), Tommy, Angela, Melissa, Joey, Sammy; many great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Geraldine; Son Frank, infant son Thomas.  

The family would like to thank Lakeview nursing staff and the Brookdale Health Care staff, especially, Kari and Cindy

Mass of Christian Burial for Richard will be 11AM, Monday, August 2, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Bayport. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 1st from 4pm to 6pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, as well as one hour prior to the mass at church Monday morning. Memorials are preferred and will be used for St. Charles Catholic Church and other favorite passions of Richard.

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    • Dick Kranz
      Loving neighbor and friend. I miss seeing your smiling face
      Whenever I stopped over. You meant the world to me.
      Always had good stories to tell me. You experienced a lot in your
      90 years. Been through a lot. Survived so much. But you always
      Came out a winner.
      You always worried about your children. But what you’ve taught
      Them shows in how they all cared about you.
      You are a special man. You will definitely be missed.
      Heaven gained another angel. Rest peacefully.

    • Dad I miss you so much I just realized that July 21st was the first day that I haven’t seen you in more than a year and that it’s been more than a decade that I haven’t seen or talked with you. You were everything to me, there are so many great memories of time spent with you from the day you taught me to ride a bike, taught me to read books, all the family fishing trips, fishing trips where you made sure we all caught more fish than you. You were and will always be my hero in life. Teaching us to be selfless people as you were, to be giving to others, every memory of you puts a smile to my face. And to know that you wanted me to spend eternity interred with both you and mom at fort snelling gives me peace knowing I will always be with you. I will always miss you until that day comes when we are together again. I love you dad!!!!
      Your son Rick

    • Grandpa you were amazing… I wish you were still here with us… I know it was time for you to be with Grandma… With no more fighting around you… I am asking you and grandma please watch over mom and keep her safe… I will miss hearing stuff from you like… eat it put hair on your chest… when you give us money you would tell us not to get beer with it when we where little…, or don’t spend it all in one store… the little things that make me smile… I love you grandpa…. you will NEVER be forgotten…. Fly High over us… I know for sure i will have angels up there in heaven now
      Always and for ever your Peaches