Gary Herbert Kranz, 55, died Monday, March 15, 2010 at home.

Gary was born on September 12, 1954 at St. Luke's in Fargo. He attended St. Mary's Cathedral Grade School and Shanley High School where he proudly played for Sid Cichy. Gar was selected as a center on the "all conference" football team in 1971.

After receiving a B.S. in Mathematics from NDSU, he taught in Maddock ND, and Browns Valley MN. He returned to NDSU and completed an M.S. in Computer Science. He was a computer programmer for Unisys in Minneapolis. and for TeamQuest in Clear Lake Iowa. He retired to Fargo in 2008.

Gary was an avid card player and reader as well as an enthusiastic sports fan.

He leaves behind two beloved daughters, Danielle Kranz and Amanda (Robert) Mehling. Gary is also survived by his mother, Doris, a sister, Gayle (Duane) Noraker, two brothers; Gerald and Gordon (Terri), and an ex-wife, Jamie.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert N. Kranz, a brother Gilbert C., and a sister-in-law Renee.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo

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  1. Fargo ND
    I was major adviser for Gary for his Master of Science degree in Computer Science at ND
    SU. Gary joined our team that was developing software for a big Air Force project at the time. He took responsibility for the programming that handled much of the data management work for the project. Gary was a splendid team member, doing his part and also offering help to others on the team in order to meet our deadlines in a quality way. My condolences to the family. Gary will be missed.

  2. Fargo ND
    Dear Gayle and the Kranz Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your brother. During that summer we took geometry at Central, I’m sure I met Gary, your younger brother, at your house. Please give my sympathies to your mom and the rest of the family.


  3. Maddock North Dakota
    I remember Gary as one of our cool teachers while I was in High School…. ( graduating a year behind Noel and Jon, and Swanson and Twedt. Joe’s and my sympathies to the girls and family.
    He was a great influence on so many people.

  4. Maddock North Dakota
    Gary, I remember you as one of our teachers while I was at school in Maddock. I was never lucky to have had you as an algebra teacher. Thank you for your great influence on so many young minds in Maddock !

  5. Fargo, ND
    My sympathies to your family over the loss of Gary. You are in our prayers!
    Cece(Colby) O’Keefe- Shanley’76

  6. Minnetonka MN
    Gary was my high school math teacher and football coach. I remember him fondly as he was a good teacher and a fun coach to work with. I will really miss him and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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