Gordon M. Krenn, 92|
M. Krenn, a reporter and editor associated with news media in Madison
and Milwaukee, before turning to public health communications, died
Thursday, July 11, of complications of heart disease and advanced age.
He was 92.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Krenn worked in Madison, first
preparing news reports for WIBA radio and then serving as a reporter for
the Capital Times newspaper. At the Capital Times, his reporting
included extensive early coverage of the then growing opposition to live
animal experimentation at the University of Wisconsin’s Primate Research
Center. That opposition continues today. He also was part of the
newspaper’s team that covered the 1952 Republican National Convention in
Chicago, which chose Gen. Dwight Eisenhower as its presidential
In the mid-’50s, Krenn joined WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, where he served for
a decade on the station’s news-writing staff. His work there included
producing reports on Milwaukee’s protest-plagued early freeway
development, the emergence of civil rights protests in the city, and the
assassination of President Kennedy.
Krenn then went on to write and edit a series of public health medical
journals. In the work he felt was most meaningful, he served in a series
of roles related to Lutheran church initiatives seeking an end to racial
segregation in Milwaukee.
Gordon Moritz Ervin Krenn, the only child of Anthony and Selma Krenn,
was born April 18, 1921, and raised in Milwaukee near Borchert Field
where he spent many summer afternoons during his youth taking in
baseball games featuring the old minor-league Milwaukee Brewers.
During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a
bombardier aboard a B-17 aircraft, the Ice Cold Katie, which was part of
the U.S. Eighth Air Force unit based at the RAF Thurleigh airfield near
Bedford, England. Following his war service, he attended the University
of Wisconsin, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
journalism, in part motivated to do so by the then Shirley Boerner, who
dragged her feet accepting his marriage proposal until he had those
diplomas within his grasp.
Survivors include Shirley, his wife of 66 years; along with five
children and their families, Kathleen (Lawrence Hass) Krenn and their
sons Christopher (Joanna) and great-grandchildren , Mason and Liam, and
Daniel (Courtney) and great-grandchildren Rowan and Eleanor; Gregory and
his son Joar, Elizabeth (Rick) Klimas and their children Jessica
(Brian), Jason (Ann), Joshua and Jodie, Michael (Linda) and their
children Caitlin (Erin Daly), Samuel, Chelsea, Anna, Gabriel and Nicole,
and Katherine (Rick) Caroselli and their daughter Hokulani. Additional
survivors include cousins, Ed Kanz and Elroy Krell; along with
sisters-in-law, Ann (George) Brown and Shirley Boerner; brother-in-law,
Donald (Pat) Boerner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Krenn was a longtime resident of Brookfield, and later of Port
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013,
at Open Door Bible Church, 3420 Highway LL, Port Washington. He will be
laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee. The family will receive
visitors at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Milwaukee College
Preparatory School, 2449 N. 36th St. Milwaukee, WI 53210.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to be serving the
family. Online condolences may be left at