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 Byron Lynn Renaldo Krans

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Byron Lynn Renaldo Krans

  • Birth 29 May 1940 Glidden, Ashland County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 17 Mar 2008 Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 94754618

ESCANABA — Byron L.R. Krans, 67, 2112 20th Ave. S., Escanaba, and formerly of Richland Center, Wis., went to be with the Lord Monday, March 17, 2008, at home following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Byron was born May 29, 1940, in Glidden, Wis., to Milton and Lucille (Gillingham) Krans

Following graduation from high school in Richland Center, Wis., he attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, and later received a bachelor's degree from McPhail School of Music in Minneapolis.

He married Marlys Anderson June 11, 1960 and lived in Minnesota with their two children, Steve and Susan, later moving to Wisconsin. He and Marlys later divorced.

His first music teaching position was in Richland Center School District as the band instructor, and later taught in the Weston and Boscobel schools. He played many instruments and had a wonderful singing voice. In addition to his teaching career, Byron began a piano tuning business and officiated various high school sports. He also began hobby farming, mainly raising honey bees and strawberries on land in rural Gillingham where he had built a house.

He married Ellen Gochenauer on August 26, 1977. They later divorced. He married Loreen (Dietzman) Denman on October 19, 1988. They later divorced.

In 2001, Byron married Lorrayne Krieg, a former friend from college days, and moved to Escanaba.

He continued with his piano tuning, and created a shop for his woodworking projects. As a result of his love for gardening, Byron transformed Lorrayne's backyard into a perennial garden featuring a G-scale model railroad amidst the ponds and walkways.

He also enjoyed camping, golfing, hunting, skiing, and ice fishing.

Byron was a member of New Life Assembly of God in Escanaba and especially enjoyed the Monday evening men's Bible study group. For several years, together with his wife, he served as a member of the denomination's Mission America Placement Service, traveling with their motor home to assist at various building project sites.

Byron is survived by his wife, Lorrayne; son, Steve (Trudy) of Howe, Ind.; daughter, Susan (Al) Leis of Onalaska, Wis.; grandchildren, Nick Shireman of Sheboygan, Wis., Karen (Keith) Blankenship of LaGrange, Ind., John Krans of Howe, Ind.; great-grandchildren, Terrance, Lydia, and Norman Blankenship; brother, Milton (Beverly) Krans of Springfield, Mo.; sisters, Marilyn (Ken) Ross of Clancy, Mont., Beverly Krans of Muscoda, Wis.; step-children, Dean (Kathy) Krieg of Costa Rica, Scott (Kristina) Krieg of Escanaba; and several step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation was held at New Life Assembly of God in Escanaba.

Funeral services celebrating Byron's life followed the visitation at 4 p.m. with Pastor Robert Derheim officiating.

Burial was in the Spencer Lake Christian Center Cemetery in Waupaca, Wis.

This biography was partially composed from the obituary from the Daily Press, Escanaba, MI

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  • Created by: Esther Frost
  • Added: 3 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94754618
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Byron Lynn Renaldo Krans (29 May 1940–17 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94754618, citing Spencer Lake Memorial Cemetery, Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Esther Frost (contributor 47203859) .