Rockport, MA — John Mark Krenn, age 88, died at home on Aug. 13, 2013. He was born in Atlantic City, N.J., October 14, 1924, to the late Mathias and Anita (Mason) Krenn. A veteran of WWII, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in October, 1942, and initially served on small boats in Newport, R.I., and Rockland, Maine. Subsequently he served on the USCG Cutter ARLUK WYP 167 (110 foot converted Boston trawler "Atlantic") on the Greenland Patrol. After training as an Electrician's Mate at Boston's Franklin Technical Institute he served on the transport GEN'L LEONARD WOOD (APA12) in the Pacific Theater until he was discharged in March 1946.
After his service, he used his GI Bill benefits to finish high school at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Veteran's High School program. Later he received his B.S. Ed. from Glassboro (N.J.) State Teacher's College (now Rowan U.), followed by a year of graduate study at the University of Michigan. In 1951 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis (Raymond) Krenn of Elmhurst, Ill., whom he met at a Univ. of Michigan graduate school dance. They were married in Elmhurst on Groundhog Day 1951. He is also survived by three daughters, Jaime Krenn, of Georgetown, Mass., Kathryn Krenn of Annandale, Va., Susan Krenn of Towson, Md.; and son, Christopher Krenn of Exeter, R.I., and Rockport.
After graduate school he joined Sylvania Electric Products Industrial/Commercial Lighting Division in Salem, and over the years, worked for the Fluorescent Fixture division in Wheeling, W.Va., and the Distribution Service Division in Teterboro, N.J. With the advent of commercial computers and improved communications, he returned to the New England headquarters where he designed order entry/inventory control systems and forecasting systems, retiring as Manager of Marketing Information Services for the I/C division in 1985.