Well-known Jersey breeder, Harry S. Mykrantz, 1926-2012


WOOSTER, Ohio — Harry S. Mykrantz, 85, of Wooster, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was born November 10, 1926, in Wayne County, the son of Benjamin Silver and Bertha Edna Sigrist Mykrantz. His first wife, Mary Annetta Stults, whom he married Dec. 18, 1955, died March 22, 1997. He married Rachel M. Sper on Sept. 26, 1998. She survives.

Mr. Mykrantz was a Jersey farmer all of his life, and was known internationally as a breeder and showman. His cattle won on the county, state, and national levels, including the National Jersey Jug Futurity, and reserve Futurity honors. A member of the Ohio Jersey Breeders Association and the American Jersey Cattle Association, he served on the five-person Special Review Committee that formed the policy to create the national Jersey Marketing Service in 1970.

He was a member of the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, and served more than 50 years on the Wayne County Fair Board. He was also a member of the West Salem Masonic Lodge #398 and the Tadmore Shrine.

In addition to his wife, Rachel, he is survived by his children Stuart Mykrantz of Wooster; Rita Trivette of Bessemmer, Ala.; Jon Mykrantz of Wooster; and Rex Mykrantz of Hilliard; step-children Louise Henry of Chardon and Stefanie Wass of Hudson; nine grandchildren; a brother, Thomas S. Mykrantz, of Wooster, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife, Mr. Mykrantz was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Scott.

Calling hours will be held March 28, 2012, from 5-8 p.m. at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill Street, Wooster, with a Masonic memorial service at 4:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 29, at the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, with the Rev. Robin D. Dillon officiating. Burial will be in the Warner Pioneer Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 West Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691, in his memory.

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