He was born Jan. 20, 1928, in LaPorte to Erich and Callie (Meuschke) Krentz.
Carl was Chairman of the Board of Thanhardt-Burger Corporation, LaPorte. He was Mayor of LaPorte from 1996-2000. He had served as a member of the LaPorte Hospital Board, LaPorte Manufacturers Association, LaPorte Economic Advancement Foundation, LaPorte Sesquicentennial Committee, St. John’s Lutheran School Board, Congregation President, Board of Elders, Bethany Lutheran Church Member, LaPorte Chamber of Commerce, and a Director of LaPorte Bank & Trust.
Carl enjoyed gardening, grilling, reading, golf, fishing, hunting, and being an actor/director for the LaPorte Little Theatre Club.
On April 6, 1951, in Rockville, MO, he married Viola “Vi” Hilgendorf, who survives.
Also surviving are his sons, Mark A. (Laura) Krentz and Randall L. Krentz; daughters, Karla (Brad) Stuebing, Melinda (Paul) Burgess and Jennifer (Bill) Krentz-Leone; grandchildren, Erika, Alexandra Stuebing; Katie, Amanda, Emily Krentz; Jayce Boy; Derek, Trent Krentz; Sam, Abby Burgess; Callie, Zoe Leone; brother, Paul (Glee) Krentz; sisters, Ellen (Eugene) Pennekamp, Annette (Richard) Larson and Evelyn (Ronald) Harman; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Emily (Vernon) Lorenz.
Friends will be received Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, and Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, LaPorte. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany Lutheran Church with Rev. Dennis Meyer officiating. Interment will follow in Patton Cemetery, LaPorte.
Contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G St., LaPorte, IN 46350; or Heartland Hospice Services, 931 E. 86th St., Suite 208, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
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