David F. Krenz, 82


David F. Krenz, 82, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

David was born on July 21, 1930, in Milwaukee to Adolph and Emma (nee Hock) Krenz. At an early age, Adolf and Emma briefly took the family to California before purchasing a farm in the town of Theresa where they settled. David served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. He married Dawn Riffel on April 4, 1959, at Holy Angels Catholic Church. David then became a dairy farmer and raised his own family on the farm. After farming, David went on to work for John Deere as a security guard for over 24 years before retiring in 1993.

David enjoyed hunting in his earlier years and was a proud member of the NRA. He also enjoyed reading, playing sheepshead, taking vacations with his family and visiting with his friends. David also took much pride in spending time with his grandchildren.

David is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dawn; daughters Natalie (Jeffrey) Kaehler and Cherie (Rich Heppeard) Schellinger; and two grandchildren Amanda and Brandin Schellinger. He is further survived by his siblings Dean (Maren), Ralph, Richard and Kenny; in-laws Christ (Kathy) Riffel, King (Mary), Lorelei (Kevin) Krogmann, Gerard “Mike” Riffel and Sharon Riffel; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

David is preceded in death by his parents, parents- in-law, Joseph and Evelyn Riffel; son-in-law, Mark Schellinger; sister Gloria Krenz; sisters-in-law Joy Kilby and Faith Riffel; and brothers-in-law, John Paul Riffel, Joe Riffel Jr. and Clarence Riffel.

A memorial service for David will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend, with the Rev. Jim Hill presiding. Gathering will be from 3:30-6:15 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the Rev. Jim Hill and the congregation at New Hope U.C.C. for all their love and prayers. Thanks are also expressed to the Cedar Community staff for their excellent care and friends and neighbors Gary and Cheri Hecker for all their extra help during this difficult time. Thanks also to family and friends for their outpouring love and support.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.