Thomas Krekelberg, 85

Thomas Howard Krekelberg, age 85, of Long Beach, CA, passed away peacefully March 13, 2014, at Bixby Knolls Retirement Residence and Health Care Center.

In Minnesota, Thomas was related to the Frank and Mary Krekelberg and the Arthur and Alma (Krekelberg) Thompson families, and by marriage, to the Louis and Kathryne Koesling family.

Former wife, Mona Lou (Koesling) Krekelberg preceded him in death Sept. 23, 2011.

Thomas attended Dent Grammar School, Perham High School (class of ‘47), University of St. Thomas, Mankato State, and the University of Minnesota.

From 1951 through 1955, he was a member of the United States Air Force and served as an air traffic controller; later he put that training to work as a controller in the tower at Denver International Airport.

Tom was fascinated with all things scientific, especially aeronautic and environmental; he was also devoted to the protection and care of animals, giving four years of his life to the grooming, training, and racing of harness horses.

Tom’s final career was with the US Postal Service, as a carrier, for over 30 years.

Tom was a loyal friend to many and had a generous heart for all those in need, especially all veterans.

Funeral services took place Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, celebrated by his nephews, Frs. William and Richard Krekelberg of California. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

There was visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, followed by the Mass at the church.

Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted handled local arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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