Marion Kranz 1933-2022

Marion Kranz 1933-2022

Marion Alice Kranz, 89, of Wetmore, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Sabetha.

She was born May 19, 1933, in Troy, the daughter of Clyde Garfield and Viola Belle (Smith) Dittemore.

Marion graduated from Holton High School in 1952. She lived most of her life in Nemaha and Jackson counties, moving to Wetmore in 1959. She worked as an usher at the Arcada Theater in Holton, Grain Elevator in Netawaka all through the ‘70s and ‘80s, secretary for Wetmore High School from 1968 to 1974 and many years on the election board.

Marion was a member of Wetmore American Legion Post 282 Auxiliary, Modern Wetmore Study Club, a Wetmore 4-H leader and Wetmore Bowling League.

She married Howard Eugene Kranz on March 22, 1953, in Holton. He preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 2014, after 61 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Dorcas Killion, Verna Hendrix, Cathern Ring, Marjorie Kranz and Evelyn Wittenberg; and two brothers, Hugh and Clyde “Mose” Dittemore.

Survivors include her five children, Janet Horton (Neil) of Manhattan, Sandy Hutfles (Sam) of Baileyville, Dennis Kranz (Carol) of La Vernia, Texas, Tammy Ethridge (Troy) of Salina and Mike Kranz (Holly) of Frisco, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Wetmore Cemetery. Family will greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the funeral home. Marion will lie in state Sunday afternoon until 6 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home or the Riley County Humane Society, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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