Victor J Kretz

1924 - 2019

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Victor John Kretz, Sr. of North Baltimore, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 3:33pm on July 25th, 2019 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay, Ohio. He was born May 29, 1924, to Lawrence J. Kretz and Mary (Greblick) Kretz in Toledo, Ohio, the middle of 9 children. Vic was the co-owner of Kretz and Lewellen Masonry for more than 20 years. Vic served in the Navy during WWII as a Radarman and saw combat throughout the Pacific Theater. He met his beautiful bride, Joanne Evelyn Tunks, during the war and they married May 11, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio. They were married for over 63 years until her death in 2010. Vic was a wonderful father, and his true passion was his family. Together they raised seven children - two daughters: Marilyn Swingle, and Vickie (Douglas) White, Sr.; and five sons: Victor, Jr.(Gwen), Richard (Cheryl), Ted (Rae), Thomas (Julie), and Scott (Cathy) Kretz. He enjoyed watching all kinds of sports, especially all Cleveland sports. In his spare time, he also enjoyed playing golf and riding his bike. He especially loved and enjoyed his grandchildren, taking them to the park and playing with them every chance he had. He traveled to Washington, D.C. with his grandson as his chaperone on the Honor Flight out of Findlay, Ohio. He was a member of the Eagles 2633, American Legion 539 and the VFW, North Baltimore, Ohio. Vic is survived by Vickie (Kretz) White, daughter; and sons: Victor Jr., Richard, Ted, Thomas, and Scott Kretz; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne. Vic was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; seven sisters; his daughter, Marilyn; and a grandchild, Sara Kretz. Vic quit school to join the Navy and fight for the country during WWII but later earned his High School Diploma from Waite High School, Toledo, Ohio in 2014. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July, 29th, 2019 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at 10:00am, with Pastor Ralph Mineo officiating. Burial will follow at New Maplewood Cemetery where the American Legion Post 539 will present full military rites. The Family will greet friends from 1:00-5:00pm on Sunday July 28 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in North Baltimore and for one hour prior to the service (9:00-10:00am) on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539, or a charity of the donor's choice. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so online at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    515 N. Main St
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45872
    Sunday, July 28th 2019 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Monday, July 29th 2019 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church [Map]
    215 N. Second St.
    North Baltimore, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    New Maplewood Cemetery [Map]

    North Baltimore, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    American Legion Post 539 - Kretz
    539 E. South St
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45872

    Donor's Choice

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To : Tonya Collins and family
Date :Friday, July 26th 2019
From : Juanita Blevins
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. prayers are with you and your family



To : Tom Julie and Famiy
Date :Saturday, July 27th 2019
From : Keith Rogers
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of parting. I will also pray that God's tender mercies will surround all of you as you make your way forward.



To : The Kretz Family
Date :Saturday, July 27th 2019
From : Ashlei Kretz
I feel blessed to have gotten to know Vic. I knew him only in his last 10 years but in these short years he played baseball with me, his great- grandson, and grandson. He taught me about grief, love, and living life to its fullest. He taught me to watch out for family. He was the only grandparent of my husbands I had the chance to meet and Im thankful for him and his life story. I am truly sorry for this loss and the pain it will/is bringing. Sending prayers for healing your way.



To : Victor J Kretz Family
Date :Saturday, July 27th 2019
From : Paul George son of Virginia Kretz
My condolences to the Victor J Kretz family. Even though this is a time of grief for your family, rest assured that he is in glory with those who have passed before him.



To : Vics beautiful children
Date :Saturday, July 27th 2019
From : Kim Combs and family especially grandchildren
We send our prayers and love and hugs to each and every one of you. Yes indeed your daddy was a most wonderful man with a heart of gold. To be even a bit like your daddy would be most wonderful in itself. He was so kind caring and loving. He is going to be missed so very much. May thy Lord wrap His loving arms around each of you to give you peace and comfort. Thy Lord received another beautiful angel. God bless you all. Great big hugs



To : The family of Victor J Kretz
Date :Sunday, July 28th 2019
From : Robert Swingle Jr
My prayers and condolences are with you during this trying period. May God be with you now as you deal with Vic's passing. God Bless all of you.





To : The Kretz Family
Date :Sunday, July 28th 2019
From : Ashlei Kretz
I feel blessed to have gotten to know Vic. I knew him only in his last 10 years but in these short years he played baseball with me, his great- grandson, and grandson. He taught me about grief, love, and living life to its fullest. He taught me to watch out for family. He was the only grandparent of my husbands I had the chance to meet and Im thankful for him and his life story. I am truly sorry for this loss and the pain it will/is bringing. Sending prayers for healing your way.



To : Kretz family
Date :Monday, July 29th 2019
From : TJ Automotive
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We just seen this in paper today and we heartbroken over this. Vic was one of our favorite customers and we always enjoyed seeing him and hearing his stories. Vic will truly be missed by us here at T&J
Sincerely, Tim, Liz, Jason, Keith and Missy



To : Dick Cheryl
Date :Tuesday, July 30th 2019
From : Bob Jo Ann Frantz
Dear Dick, Cheryl & family. So sorry for the loss of your father. May you find peace in your memories. Thinking of all of you.
Our deepest sympathy,
Bob & Jo Ann Frantz & family



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