Mr. Kenneth G. Kranz, husband of Mary Ellen Kranz, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2018, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

Ken was born April 10, 1942, in Philadelphia to the late George Herbert and Elizabeth Faunce Kranz. He was raised in Riverton, N.J., and Delran, N.J., and was educated at Holy Cross High School. He attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., graduating in 1965. Mr. Kranz served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. After being honorably discharged, he was employed by Larsen Boats and later, Hatteras Yachts, in their marketing departments. After retiring from marketing, Mr. Kranz was employed by H & R Block, assisting people with tax preparation. Ken had a passion for boating, and enjoyed his summers with his family and friends in Belfast. He was a very skilled woodworker, having built several pieces of fine furniture.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kranz is survived by his sons, Matthew K. Kranz of Denver, Colo., Peter G. Kranz, and his wife Natalie of Cary, N.C., and Andrew D. Kranz, and his wife Jennifer, of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Roman, Bennett, Eleanor, Catherine (Kate), Max, Anna and Alex; brother, Richard Kranz and his wife,Deborah of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; and his sister Anita Kranz of Marlton, N.J.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Chapel Hill, N.C., with Fr. Chris Koehn presiding. Mr. Kranz will be buried at Wake Memorial Park, Cary, N.C. The family will receive visitors Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Walker's Funeral Home, 120 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, you may donate to his granddaughter Anna’s fundraising efforts for juvenile diabetes research, online at.https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app362b?fr_id=7514&pg=team&team_id=269312.

The Kranz family is under the care of Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill. Online condolences may be submitted at walkersfuneralservice.com.