Rayburn Dean “Ray” Kratz, 68, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at North MS Medical
He was born April 29, 1945, in Eugene, Oregon to Carol Jean Kratz and the late Rev. James Kratz. Ray was a retired Supervisor in the canning department with Bryan Foods for 27 years, then later he operated Kratz Consulting, working in the canning production industry. He was of the Baptist faith. Ray served with the Clay County Sheriffs 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. Ray 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 having served during Vietnam Era. Rayburn Dean “Ray” Kratz married Sandra Hurst Kratz March 4, 1972, Columbus.
Funeral services are today, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Butch Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Wake Forest Cemetery Mantee, MS. 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, Mike
Huffman (Dana) of Mantee; Ten 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, OK; two brothers, Mel Kratz of Savannah, GA, Eldon Kratz (Kay) of Los Angeles, CA.
Pallbearers are Lamar Dendy, Devin Hurst, Charles Peay, Sammy McNeel, Bilbo McNeel, Jr., and William Harold Stevenson.
Honorary pallbearers are all his former co-workers at Bryan Foods, and all his cannery consulting friends.
Memorials may be made to Amerian Cancer Society, P. O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com