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Herbert F. H. Krienke, 86

Herbert “Herb” Frederick Harry Krienke, age 86, of Glencoe, formerly of Hutchinson, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

Herb was born Oct. 10, 1925, in rural Lester Prairie, the son of Adolph and Anna (Schmidt) Krienke. Herbert was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

He received his education at country school through the 10th grade in rural Lester Prairie.

Herbert was united in marriage to Elizabeth Casey Aug. 24, 1956, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. This marriage was blessed with four children: Daniel, Donald, Brenda, and Bonnie.

Herbert and Elizabeth resided in Lester Prairie, and later moved to Hutchinson. They shared 55 years of marriage.

Herb held employment as a foreman for Lester Buildings in Lester Prairie for 20 years, and then worked as a vaporizer operator at the creamery in Winsted for 16 years. He retired in 1988.

After retirement, Herbert worked at Jack & Jill Supermarket in Lester Prairie for five years, and at Econofoods in Hutchinson for five years.

He was an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, where he served on the board of trustees, and as an auditor. He loved to attend church and Bible classes.

Herbert enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and gardening. He was an avid reader of the Bible and Portals of Prayer. He liked to do word search puzzles and watch game shows on television; “The Price Is Right” was his favorite.

Herbert also enjoyed listening to concertina and polka music, and watching the Minnesota Twins games. He loved to socialize, and especially enjoyed the time he spent with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

When Herbert needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care July 10 of this year.

Herbert is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Krienke of Glencoe; children, Daniel Krienke of Hutchinson, Donald Krienke and his wife, Lori of Browerville, Brenda Tucholke and her husband, Joel of Lester Prairie, and Bonnie Johnson and her husband, Loren of Plato; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one soon to be born; a sister, Arsylvia Loehrs of Mayer; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolf and Anna Krienke; siblings, Art Krienke and his wife, Lucinda; Walter Krienke and his wife, Adaila; Victor Krienke and his wife, Esther; Argoldie Schubert and her husband, Wilmer; and Rosesylvia Redepenning and her husband, Harvey; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Loehrs.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the service, and the organist was Marsha Christenson. Congregational hymns were “Jesus, Lead Thou On,” “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.