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Harold E. Krengel, 77

Aug 10, 2012

Harold E. Krengel

Mapleton Harold E. Krengel, age 77, of Mapleton, died on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at his home in Mapleton, surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services were held Aug. 8, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mapleton. Burial was in Barnard’s Valley View Cemetery, rural Good Thunder. Olson-Tichenor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice.

Harold was born June 22, 1935, to Leo “Chuck” and Verona (Bunde) Krengel in Beauford Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota. He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Good Thunder and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mapleton. Harold graduated from Good Thunder High?School in 1953 and attended the University of Minnesota Agriculture College. On Aug. 24, 1957, he was united in marriage to Patie Whitney at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mapleton. Harold and his brother, Gary, started Krengel Bros. Farm Drainage in 1953 and were partners in business for over 50 years. He loved working with the soil and made many lasting friends with his customers.

He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School for many years, was the Sunday School Superintendent, Luther League leader, and sang in the choir. He was Minnesota Contractor of the Year in 2004. Harold was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia in 1997, but remained home and cared for by his loving wife, Pattie, of 56 years.

Harold is survived by his wife, Pattie; children,?Debbie (Rick) Liskow, of Rochester, Cindy (David) Mertens, of?Santa Barbara, Calif., and Tim (Kristi) Krengel, of Good Thunder; grandchildren, Jesse Knutson, Zach and Kaleb Krengel, Nicole Brunz, Kariss and Cruz Mertens, Nicole (Rob) Langhiem, and Ryan Liskow; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Finn, and Aire, Aiden Hunt; three brothers, Roger (Dixie) Krengel, of North Mankato, Gary (JoAnn) Krengel, of Mapleton, and Ronald (Illa Jean) Krengel, of?Minnesota Lake; many nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Chuck and Verona Krengel; brother, Jerome Krengel; and granddaughter, Hannah Krengel.