Ronnie Neal Krantz, gave up his courageous battle with cancer at the age of 56, on on Sunday, November 1st. Fellow comrades from the Lafayette Police Department stood guard by his coffin at Alexander Funeral Home in honor of his 30 years of service in law enforcement.
He grew up in Macon County and loved fishing, hunting, truck pulls, and Nascar.
Krantz began his career in law enforcement in 1972 and retired from the Lafayette Police Department on January 31, 2002. During this time he served with the Lafayette Police Department, as Chief of Police in Red Boiling Springs Police Department, Chief of Police of Gainesboro, Chief of Police for Watertown, Chief Deputy of Clay County, and Deputy Sheriff of Macon County.
He also worked with the 15th Judicial Drug Task Force, with the Wilson County Civil Defense, was a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement training Academy in 1981, and was a member of the Lafayette Masonic Lodge.
Ronnie served for over 13 years on the Lafayette Police Department and was elected to city council in 2006, a term which he was serving at the time of his death.
“We had a lot of years together,” said Lafayette City Councilwoman Ruby Flowers, who worked with him at the city and also served with him since his election in 2006.
“The only people who didn’t love Ronnie were the people who didn’t know him,” said Flowers, “and you might not always agree with him as a city council member, but he always did what he thought was right. He was a great person and will certainly be missed.”
Lafayette Mayor J.Y. Carter said, “He was a good policeman and a real loyal city employee and also served well on the council and was knowledgeable.”
“He was a big cut up and loved family get-to-gethers,” said Stacey Dyer, “and he especially enjoying the little ones.”
She said he was a very loving person, who enjoyed life and had fun, and would always tell her, “I love you baby girl.”
Ronnie was preceded in death by his father William Randall Krantz, mother Lura Belle (Dallas) Krantz and one daughter Rhonda Krantz, who died at 15 years old with cancer.
Funeral services for Mr. Ronnie Krantz will be conducted on Wednesday, November 4th at 2 p.m. from the chapel of the Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Dean Dyer officiating, and will conclude at the Macon County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation with the family began on Monday and will continue Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesday up until service time at 2 p.m.
He is survived by Cousins Anne Sewell and husband Bobby, Sue Dallas, Judy Polston, Jerry Dallas and wife Neida, Bobby Dallas and wife Barbara, Jimmy Dallas and wife Wanetta, devoted companion Debbie Sadler, a special niece Stacey Dyer, and many other cousins and extended family. He will be sadly missed by family, friends, and the entire community.