Alan Karr

Alan Dean Karr

Wednesday, February 7th, 1951 - Sunday, January 27th, 2019
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67, of Cass City died following a long illness Sunday, January 27, 2019 in Brian’s House, Essexville. He was born February 7, 1951 in Caro the first of four children born to Dean and Doris Mae (Franklin) Karr. He married AlexSandra Ann Marie Krawciw March 6, 2004 in Plainwell.

Alan graduated from Caro High School with the class of 1969. He attended Wayne State University receiving his certificate in Mortuary Science. Alan was the owner of Grace Ambulance in Saginaw. He also owned Karr Trade Service, a service embalming company, in the Kalamazoo and Saginaw areas. As a young man, Alan completed his requirements to be awarded the Eagle Scout designation. He loved flying and, at one time, was working toward earning his pilot’s license. He enjoyed putting model airplanes together and flying them, watching Detroit Tiger baseball, and looking at John Deere tractors. Alan treasured his relationship with his grandfather, Ray Franklin. He also loved spending time on his grandparent’s farm in Deford. Alan was a talker and would talk to anyone who would listen about Jesus and many other topics.

Alan is survived by his wife, AlexSandra and their daughter Cora Beth Karr. He is also survived by his son, David Alan (Sarah) Karr of Kalamazoo from a previous marriage; grandsons: Tristan, Desmond, Grayson and Silas; mother, Doris Karr of Caro; sisters: Sharon LaPratt of Caro, Debra (Dave) Miller of Houghton Lake; brother, Kim (Melanie) Karr of Grandville; several nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by AlexSandra’s family, mother-in-law, Christa Krawciw of Luther; brothers-in-law: Julius Krawciw of Riley and Edgar Krawciw of Clinton Township. He is preceded in death by his father, Dean Karr; brothers-in-law: Jim LaPratt and Christoper Krawciw and his grandparents.

Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City with Rev. David Wilczynski of Anchor Cove Church officiating. Memorials may be made to Revive Ministries Food Bank, Brian’s House Essexville or Food for the Poor. Burial will take place in the spring in Elkland Township Cemetery. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at

Visitation: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home – Cass City
10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home – Cass City

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Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. David Wilczynski
  • Interment

    Elkland Township Cemetery
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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David Karr

Posted at 09:06pm

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Posted at 12:36pm
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. From your Hills & Dales Lab family
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Jerry Oele

Posted at 06:15pm
AlexSandra - Trudy & I express our sympathy to you. We have many fond memories of our time and work together with you and Alan, both at Joldersma & Klein and Bronson Lab. I retired several years ago and we are currently in Arizona.
Jerry Oele

Posted at 11:18am
To AlexSandra: Alan was an awsome help to me as a friend and terrific embalmer at Archer-Hampel-Kubiak funeral homes in Wayland and Dorr Mi. He always spoke so enthusiastic of both you and your daughter. He was a brave man as he dealt with his heart issues. Im sorry i havent seen him in quite awhile. I retired in 2012 but still help occasionally at the funeral home. Wishing you all the best in the years ahead. A friend via Alan Respectfully: Larry Kubiak


Posted at 05:38pm
Our prayers go out to you all. You will be missed dear cousin. Give Uncle Dean a hug from us when you join him in Heaven. Love to all
Cousin April (Reed) & Jerry Karns
Roscommon, MI

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