Willard “Bill” Frank Kritzeck, age 89, of Winsted, and formerly of Buffalo, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born Aug. 22, 1918, in Victor Township, Wright County, the son of Paul H. and Sophie Kieser Kritzeck.
Willard graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, and later attended St. Thomas Academy, having played in their band.
He also honorably served his country in the United States Coast Guard, serving in the Philippines.
Willard was joined in holy marriage to Helen G. Thune June 26, 1947, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo.
A former longtime sheriff of Wright County and past Winsted Chief of Police, Willard belonged to the Minnesota State Sheriffs’ Association, Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council 8253, American Legion Post 270, and Catholic Order of Foresters Holy Trinity Court 1054, and was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
He is survived by loving wife of 60 years, Helen G. Kritzeck; children Ronald W. Kritzeck of Oceanside, Calif. (fiancée Pam Neal), and Renee (Harold) Biebel of Bowling Green, Ky.; grandchildren Lisa (Paul) Hernandez, Farrah (Jason) Barnes, Julie (Mario) Anguiano, Ronda (Brad) Stoner, Trudy Kritzeck, and Tiffany Biebel (fiancé Eric Vana); great-grandchildren Brandon, Brett, Isabella, Jayjin and Tristan, Gabrielle Anguiano and Austin Vana; a sister, Marietta Koch of Winsted; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Sheriff Paul H. and Sophie Kritzeck; a daughter-in-law, Linda; a sister, Florentine “Floss” Kosek; and brothers Lawrence “Brownie,” Mark, and Gervase Kritzeck.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Bill Sprigler as the celebrant. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.
Visitation was Saturday, June 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted with a combined rosary at 4 p.m. by the Foresters and Knights of Columbus. An American Legion ritual was recited at 7 p.m.
Casket bearers were Jim Koch, Steve Kosek, Lyle Kritzeck, Tom Kritzeck, Jack Kritzeck, and Roger Kritzeck.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.