Eugene Roland Krantz, 80, who headed the government affairs office of postage meter giant Pitney Bowes Inc. for 19 years until his retirement in 1982, died June 16 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital after a stroke.

A former Bethesda resident, he had lived in Sterling since 1986. Mr. Krantz, a native of Salt Lake City, joined Pitney Bowes of Stamford, Conn., in 1945 after serving as a pilot and flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He began his career at the company's Salt Lake City office. He later became a district manager covering five western states, then was selected to manage the Washington sales and service office in 1963.

He was director of Post Office relations for two years before he was tapped to head the government affairs office.

He was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including a short time as acting mission president prior to the outbreak of World War II.

He was a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts and active in numerous civic associations and community groups.

His first wife, Norma Krantz, died in 1980.

Survivors include his wife, Constance Krantz of Sterling; four children from his first marriage, Dr. Steven Krantz of Merriam, Kan., Kimball Krantz of Kaysville, Utah, and Larry Krantz and Janene Fuller of Orem, Utah; a stepdaughter, Ramona Goff of Ruby, Va.; two brothers, Victor Krantz of Wheaton and Grover Krantz of Pullman, Wash.; and 18 grandchildren.