Seyman "Shim" Krantman, 80, of Marshalltown, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Bickford of Marshalltown. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there will be a private ceremony for family and a few close friends announced at a later date. Memorials may be designated to the Bickford of Marshalltown, where Shim found great comfort over the last 4 months and made many new friends (special thanks to Bianca, Denessa, and all others that looked after Dad and made him feel at home). Their address is 101 Newcastle Rd, Marshalltown, IA 50158. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Shim was born March 30, 1940 in Marshalltown to James and Annabelle (Arranow) Krantman. Shim began working for his father and eventually taking over the family business known as Krantman's Steel. Later in life Shim went to work for his friend Dick Woolridge selling cars at S. 6th Street Auto. In June, 1963, Shim married Carol (Byrd) Winters and they shared two children, Chad and Valerie. Later in life, Shim found his true love, Vickie Klar, and they were married on August 24th, 2002. They were united in marriage until Vickie's untimely death in June of 2019. Before Vickie's passing, they enjoyed spending time with special friends Dick & Connie Woolridge and Dick & Nancy Klar. They loved traveling, listening to the Elvis channel, watching Chad and grandson Zach play 16" softball every summer, and were quite a popular pair at Meskwaki Casino. Shim was an avid sports fan. His love for sports were evident through his sponsorship and support of both AAU basketball and 16" softball. Shim was very proud to be inducted into the 16" softball Hall of Fame in 1995 and could be seen every summer hanging out at the Marshalltown softball complex. He was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, Chicago Bears fan, Los Angeles Dodgers fan and Los Angeles Lakers fan.
Left to cherish his memory are children, Chad (Sue) Krantman and Valerie Krantman; sister, Harriet (Ed) Krantman-Hart; Grand Children, Sara (Marc) Krantman, Kelsey (Elliot) Hieronymus, Zach (Brittany) Krantman, Avery Van Meter and Riley Latare; three great-grandchildren, Sophia, Lucius and Myles. Shim was preceded in death by his wife, Vickie, parents James and Annabelle Krantman, and sister Rochelle.
Chad and Valerie so sorry to hear of the passing of Shim I really enjoyed him and he treated me very well through all the years of knowing you guys. I will never forget the Iowa Hawkeye football game that Chad I and Cham went to and have great memories of playing softball for him was so happy that he got inducted into the Hall of Fame it was well deserved God bless you guys.
Chad it was your birthday, your Father took us out for steak..first filet i ever had and still one of the best i can remember. Your Dad was a bit daunting at first but spending time around your family i realized quickly just how much fun he really was. I will always think of him as full of energy and a hell of a wit...smiling at life and living it FULLY! My love and condolences to you and Val
Val & Chad & family: Very sad to hear of Shim passing. I fondly remember him as a noble tennis opponent at ECC, I would compare him to Bobby Riggs in a good way. He was a great ambassador for AAU hoops and ASA Softball. I had the pleasure to play for one of his AAU teams. Condolences to all of you.
Val and Chad, I'm glad I broke the rules and hugged your Dad, a month ago I saw him at Bickford while cleaning Maggie's room out and he stopped to talk to me. I had a mask on but he knew me, we talked about his condition and he was doing laps to build his strength up. We talked about softball to come this summer, he was looking forward to this summer. He will always be missed at the softball complex, one of the great ones for sure. So sorry for your loss, prayers to the entire family.
Shim & I shared many long visits in his office on 18th Ave. But a memory I have with distinct clarity is : 1982 Elmwood Club Tennis Championship Men’s Final; an epic battle. 20-25 folks camped on the hill to watch. I won first set 6-2 and leading 3-1 in 2nd set, I thought it was mine to win . . . . when Shim began his dominance. He won 11 of the next 13 games. The better man won. My deep condolences to Harriet, Chad, & Val. Rest In Peace my brother my friend. -Doug Gervich
My sweet Uncle Shim. I hear your voice calling me Kik's. I see your amazing, friendly smile. I will always remember the wonderful talks we shared together about life. I will forever hold you in my heart. Rest in paradise My sweet Uncle shim.
What can I say Shim was my big brother, always looked out for me, taught me to drive in a 1949 ford 4 speed with a devil painted on the trunk!!!! I will forever have memories of my brother. I will love and miss him forever!!!!!! R.I.P. MY BROTHER!!!!
So sorry for your loss. Shim was a wonderful and fun person to be around. He will be truly missed.
Val and Chad,
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Please know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers.
Love and hugs to you,
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