Neil J. Kranich
July 27, 1919 Ė Sept. 19, 2013
J. Kranich, 94, left us Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. He passed peacefully
at home attended by his daughter, Noreen (Kranich) Bailey, and
daughter-in-law, Judi Kranich. He now rejoins his beloved wife, Adajane,
of more than 70 years, in heavenís eternity.
Neil was born in Waukesha to Charles and Clara Kranich, the youngest of
four brothers (Norman, Elton and Donavan, all of whom preceded him in
death). He married Adajane Pease on Aug. 11, 1940. During World War II,
Neil served as a corporal in the Army Air Corps, maintaining and
supplying our troops in southeast Asia. He was a member and past
commander (1980-81) of the Soat-Vergenz VFW Post 721, Waukesha; he was
also a member and past commander of the Military Order of the Cootie.
Neil worked many different jobs throughout his life, in support of his
family. However, he was primarily a machinist by day, but on weekends
and special occasions he embraced his lifelong passion for music as a
dance band drummer until retiring after more than 50 years of providing
joy and entertainment to those around him. He did not give up his music,
but continued to dabble with his piano for the enjoyment of his wife and
family until Parkinsonís and macular degeneration made it impossible for
him to continue at age 93.
He is survived by his daughter, Noreen (Kranich) Bailey and husband
Wayne L. Bailey of Apple Valley, Minn.; son, Neil J. Kranich II and wife
Judith L. (Griffin) Kranich of Prior Lake, Minn.; granddaughter, Capt.
Shannon N. Kranich, currently stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base Dayton, Ohio; grandson, Shawn W. Buyatt (Desiree Sherry and her
daughter Makenzie Loesch); and a great-grandson, Logan C. Buyatt of
Visitation and a short prayer service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1
Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Klecatsky & Sons Funeral Home, 1580 Century
Point (Yankee Doodle Road at Coachman Road), Eagan, Minn. He will be
laid to rest 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with
full military honors and graveside services, to be presided over by the
Fairview Hospice chaplain, the Rev. Phyllis Zillhart.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the
caregiving staff and volunteers of Keystone Communities and Fairview
Hospice for their tender and thoughtful treatment of Neil during his
final days. With special recognition to Mary Meisel R.N., and the Rev.
The family respectfully requests that well-wishers refrain from sending
flowers, but would rather those equivalent donations be made to:
Fairview Hospice Fund, In memory of Neil J. Kranich, c/o Fairview
Foundation, 2200 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454-1321. Thank you
all for your prayers and well wishes.
May God bless and watch over you all.