William L. Krant, age 89, of Lester Prairie, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2008, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care Unit.
Leslie William Henry Krant was born May 8, 1919, in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of Emil and Ella (Kuhlmann) Krant. He was baptized June 8, 1919, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Lester Prairie by the Rev. W. Baumhoefner; and confirmed in the faith April 9, 1933, at the same church by the Rev. J. S. Schert.
William graduated from the Lester Prairie High School in 1937.
He was united in marriage with Alta Mae Peterson Sept. 1, 1957, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Canby, Minn. This union was blessed with children, Douglas and Nancy.
William lived his entire life on the Krant family farm in Bergen Township. He was a member of the National Holstein Association, the McLeod County Holstein Association, the History Committee of the Minnesota State Holstein Association, the McLeod County Historical Society, and the Lester Prairie Jaycees, where he had served as president. William was proud to share that he was a lifelong member of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party.
A faithful member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, William was a member of the Men’s Club/Lutheran Laymen’s League and a past member of the dart ball team.
William loved farming, and especially his cows. He enjoyed reading the daily paper, watching baseball, following the Minnesota Gophers, and his nightly bowl of ice cream.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Marian Baumann and Marlys Hruska.
William is survived by his wife, Alta Mae Krant of Lester Prairie; children Nancy Krant (John Oliva) of Minneapolis, and Douglas Krant of Fridley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Gladys and Merl Phinney of Wood Lake, and Hazel and Charles Adkins of Canby; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services celebrating his life took place Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Vicar David Erbel officiated. The organist was Kay Gueningsman. The music selections were “How Great Thou Art,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” and “Just As I Am.” Interment followed in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.
Visitation took place Monday evening, Aug. 18 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.
Serving as casket bearers were Kurt Hochsprung, Mark Hochsprung, Bill Kuhlmann, Calvin Kuhlmann, Lyle Kuhlmann, and Kay Williams.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. For online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralchapel.com
Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association.