John R Kretz
July 28, 1967 - October 30, 2021
Kretz, John R., 54 years old entered the gates of Heaven on October 30, 2021 surrounded by his loving
family. Dear son of the late Hans and Joyce (nee: Herzwurm) Kretz; beloved husband of Mary (nee
LaBarge) Kretz; cherished father of John A. Kretz; loving brother of Ellie (Chris) Goeke; son–in–law of
John (Patricia) LaBarge; brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend of many.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where John was an active member of the Sigma
Tau Gamma Fraternity. John followed his father’s expertise in instrumentation and control technologies
so much so that he founded and successfully ran ICT, LLC, an instrumentation distribution company.
John’s outgoing personality and sense of humor made him the epitome of a salesman, whether in his
professional career or convincing a friend to sample a new recipe. John never met a stranger.
John enjoyed spending quality time with Mary, his cherished wife of 17 years, and his son John John.
John became a father a bit later in life and sought to bring leadership, grace, and joy to his family. “A
good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable asset in
our society,” said Billy Graham. John loved to cook for his immediate and extended family and was
forever trying new cooking ideas and ingredients. John’s hobbies included spending time with family &
friends, collecting coins and sports memorabilia, lending support for the homeless, and championing
those who need a helping hand.
John left us too soon. May he rest in peace.