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Keith Brian Krienke

Keith Brian Krienke, age 41 of Glencoe, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at Glencoe Regional Health Services, surrounded by his family.

Keith was born Sept. 19, 1964, in Glencoe to Kenneth and Shirley (Beneke) Krienke. He was baptized Oct. 4, 1964, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie by the Rev. Wolfgang Webern, and confirmed in his faith April 29, 1979, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. H.G. Kath.

He attended First Lutheran School, and graduated from Glencoe High School in June 1983.

While in high school, Keith was involved in 4-H, FFA, football, basketball, and track, and served as an usher at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Keith continued his education at St. Cloud State University and Hennepin Technical College.

Keith was united in marriage with Kelly Elizabeth Aaker Sept. 4, 1993 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. Kath.

Keith was involved in Pheasants Forever and volunteered for the Animal Ark. He also was a board member of the Glencoe Country Club.

He was employed by Haukos Bros. Inc., 3M in Hutchinson, and Green Giant in Glencoe. At the time of his death, Keith was employed as an auto technician at Valley Sales in Waconia.

Keith enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR races, and bowling. He also liked to grill and camp. He helped on the family farm and helped with Kelly’s horses. Keith also loved watching and playing sports, and he was a loving stepfather to Carrie and Ron.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly of Glencoe; stepchildren Ronnie Ames of Fergus Falls and Carrie Ames of Glencoe; parents Kenneth and Shirley Krienke of Glencoe; brother Kent Krienke of Rochester; sister Kari (Dan) Nikolaisen of Hutchinson; aunts and uncles Marilyn Paschka of Watertown, Ruth Harms of Norwood Young America, Daryl and Cherryl Lynn Krienke of Lester Prairie, and Wallace and Linda Krienke of Waverly; as well as cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Walter and Adela Krienke; maternal grandparents Harry and Esther Beneke; and uncles Ralph Beneke, Mervin Harms, and Gilbert Paschka.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 4, from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating.

The music coordinator and pianist was Dawn Wolter, and the congregational hymns were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” Soloist Matt Hoehne of Palatine, Ill., sang “How Great Thou Art” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Interment was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dave Hatlestad, Pat McGuire, Chuck Vorlicek, Brian Prochaska, Steve Chapman, Colin Kerslake, Terry Ide, and Curt Vorlicek.

The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe handled the arrangements.

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