MANTEE – Rayburn Dean “Ray” Kratz, 68, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. He was born April 29, 1945, in Eugene, Ore., to Carol Jean Kratz and the late Rev. James Kratz.
He was a retired supervisor in the canning department with Bryan Foods for 27 years. Later he operated Kratz Consulting, working in the canning production industry. He was of the Baptist faith. He served with the Clay County Sheriff’s Auxiliary for eight years. He had commercial pilot’s license and was also a certified scuba diver. He enjoyed working in photography, taking photos and developing his own photos in his home darkroom. He loved to sing and had sung for weddings over the years. In later years, he did consulting work as he set up meat canning equipment that he located and often reworked and installed for the various canning applications of his clients. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during Vietnam era. He married Sandra Hurst Kratz on March 4, 1972, in Columbus.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Butch Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery at Mantee. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hurst Kratz of Mantee; two sons, Randy Huffman (Natosha) of Pontotoc and Mike Huffman (Dana) of Mantee; 10 grandchildren, Kayla Huffman, Jake Huffman, Blair Huffman, Madison Davis, Hunter Huffman, Allison Huffman, Lynzee Huffman, Jordan Jenkins, Bradley Dillard and Hannah Dillard; three great-grandchildren, Kinsley Huffman, Caleigh Hawes and Karlie Hawes; his mother, Carol Jean Kratz of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two brothers, Mel Kratz of Savannah, Ga., and Eldon Kratz (Kay) of Los Angeles, Calif.
Pallbearers will be Lamar Dendy, Devin Hurst, Charles Peay, Sammy McNeel, Bilbo McNeel Jr. and William Harold Stevenson.
Honorary pallbearers will be all his former co-workers at Bryan Foods, and all his cannery consulting friends.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.