Everett Norman "Butch" KrantzEverett Norman “Butch” Krantz, the son of the late Albert and Agnes (Anderson) Krantz, was born on November 10, 1924, at Devils Lake, ND. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. “Butch” attended school and grew to manhood in the Karlstad community, graduating from Karlstad High School in 1943. He served with the U.S. Army from June of 1943 until February of 1946, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. On December 15, 1946, “Butch” was united in marriage to Goldie Oberg in Chicago, IL The couple resided at Halma and later moved to Karlstad where he worked for Bob Carlson Oil Co. delivering fuel oil. He also was a Karlstad School bus driver for 13 years. He began his employment at Sam Hodne’s hardware store and later worked for various owners of the hardware store. He also did yard work in the community. “Butch” was a life member (68 years) of the Karlstad American Legion Post and of the V.F.W. He was a Special Deputy for the Kittson Co. Sheriff’s Dept. in Karlstad. “Butch” played third base for the Karlstad Independent baseball team and coached the American Legion Team. After Goldie passed away September 11, 2008, “Butch” moved to the Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Karlstad for a year before entering the Karlstad Healthcare Center. He passed away at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND, on Thursday morning, January 10, 2013, at the age of 88 years and two months.
He is survived by 4 sons: Wayne (Joan), Randy (Karen), and Brent (Mary), all of Karlstad, and Bradley of Halma; 2 daughters: Kathy (Steve) Mercil of Strandquist and Kristen (Roy) Stewart of Lancaster, MN; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Butch was preceded in death by his wife,. his parents, 3 brothers: John, Fred and James, and four sisters: Helen, Adeline, Theresia and Enid.