Frank Duane Kerntz Sr, age 71, of Ely, passed away on Thursday July 4, 2019. He was born on December 28,1947, to Frank and Rose (Hren) Kerntz . He attended and graduated from Ely Memorial High School in 1966. He married Rae Ann Froelich on June 22, 1974 and recently celebrated 45 years together and were blessed with three children; Frank Jr, Brian and Deanna. Frank was a proud Papa of his grandchildren: Olivia, Silas, Daxton and Brue. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed and appreciated the outdoors. Frank served in the US Army in Vietnam as a combat field medic from 1970-1972. Frank was a lifelong member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Men’s Bible Group, the Ely American Legion and the Ely VFW.
Frank attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science. He then joined Kerntz Funeral Home and along with his brother Terry they purchased the business from their brother Jim and was a co-owner until his death.
He is survived by his wife: Rae Ann, children: Brian (Nicole) Kerntz, daughter: Deanna (Pete) Stingle, (4) grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews that he loved tremendously and cherished cousins and very special sister-in-laws and brother in-laws.
He is proceeded in death by his son: Frank Kerntz Jr., his parents Frank and Rose Kerntz, brothers Jim (Sister-in-law: Mary) and Terry Kerntz,
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Ely with visitation being held one hour prior to the service at the church. A wake will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 5-7 P.M. at Kerntz Funeral Home.