Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 23, 2013

Russell Dale Krumlauf Sr.

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — KALKASKA — Russell Dale Krumlauf Sr., age 65, a lifelong resident of Kalkaska County, passed away at his home on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. He was born in Kalkaska to the late Clayton W. and Gladys M. (Hall) Krumlauf on May 30, 1948.

Russell served his country as member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He retired from R.L. Morris and Son after 30 years of dedicated service.

Russell enjoyed being outdoors and gardening, especially growing pumpkins. He built a cabin in his perfect spot in the U.P. near Trout Lake, but his pride and joy was his grandchildren.

Russell donated many dollars and time to helping children and the needy. He was a man of few words but great deeds. He will always be known for saying, “Make a living by what you get and make a life by what you give.” Russell was a quiet, gentle and generous man who will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving children, Russell Dale (Jeanne) Krumlauf Jr., of South Boardman, and Jennifer Lynn (Mike) Kies, of Kalkaska; his cherished grandchildren, Jacob, Danny and Alexis; and his dear siblings, Vernon (Mary) Krumlauf, of Kalkaska, Donald (Karen) Krumlauf, of Kalkaska, Duane (Norma) Krumlauf, of South Boardman, Alice Bell, of Kalkaska, Dorothy Bell, of Traverse City, and Martha (Robert) Stevens, of South Boardman.

Russell was preceded in death by his father, Clayton W. Krumlauf in 1987; his mother, Gladys M. Krumlauf in 2002; and his sister, Janet Krumlauf.

Funeral services will be held today, at 11 a.m., at the Coldsprings Christian Fellowship Church, with Pastor Brent Bontrager officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given in Russell’s honor to VFW Post 8684, 408 Hyde St., Kalkaska, MI 49646.

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Arrangements were made by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home, our family serving yours.