Ride in Peace: AMA Hall of Fame member Ed Kretz Jr.

Publish Date: 
Sep 9, 2013
By Mary Green Slepicka

SOURCES are reporting the passing of Ed Kretz Jr., an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and former Southern California dealer principal, who died Sept. 8. He was 81.

UPDATE: Funeral services scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colo. For more information, click HERE.

Kretz Jr. was the son of Ed "Iron Man" Kretz, winner of the inaugural Daytona 200 in 1937. Kretz Jr. became a noted racer himself as an AMA Grand National Championship competitor during the 1950s and 1960s. In1955 he rode a Triumph to win the Peoria TT National.

He began racing at 16 on one of his father's Indian Scouts, according to the AMA. Read his Hall of Fame  profile HERE.

Kretz Sr. and Jr. ran the Ed Kretz & Son dealership in Monterey Park, Calif. The dealership was sold in the mid-1980s; afterward, Kretz Jr. and his wife relocated to Sedalia, Colo. 

Kretz Sr. is featured prominently in an upcoming film, "Why We Ride," set to premiere in early October in Los Angeles. Kretz Jr. is interviewed frequently in the movie.

Cause of death had not been confirmed; however, sources say Kretz Jr. was on a Sunday morning motorcycle ride when he suffered a heart attack.