Neil J. Kranich

July 27, 1919 Ė Sept. 19, 2013

Neil 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 Farmington, Minn.

Visitation and a short prayer service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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. Phyllis Zillhart.

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.