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Walter L. Krahn -- Rochester

The memorial service for Walter L. Krahn, 92, a longtime rural Rochester resident, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Church of Our Savior in Rochester, with the Rev. Mark Beernink and the Rev. Ron Sikkema officiating. Burial will take place in Spring Valley Cemetery in Spring Valley.

Mr. Krahn died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center in Stewartville, where he had been a resident for the past week.

Walter Lester Krahn was born on May 22, 1924, in Ostrander to Frank and Mollie (Kraling) Krahn. He grew up on the family farm, attended country school and then helped on the family farm. Walter was married on Jan. 22, 1949, in Spring Valley to Laura Howard. Two children blessed this marriage.

Following their marriage, the couple lived in Spring Valley. Besides farming, Walter was employed at Gamble – Robinson Co. in Rochester as a route driver. Laura Krahn died on Jan. 24, 1952. Walter continued to make his home in Spring Valley. He was married on June 24, 1960, in Spring Valley to Myrna Johnson. The couple moved to a farm in Marion Township where they farmed, raised their family and where Walter had continued to live. Myrna Krahn died on Sept. 11, 2006.

Mr. Krahn was a lifelong farmer and after his years at Gamble-Robinson, he was employed as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Rochester for more than 20 years until his retirement. He was an active member of Church of Our Savior in Rochester serving as a Deacon and on the church board and as an usher. He enjoyed taking care of the many animals on his farm, feeding the birds, drinking coffee, collecting antiquities and junk. Walter loved time spent with family, especially his grandchildren.

Walter is survived by one daughter and one son, Mollie (Bud) Ehlenfeldt of LeSueur, Minn., and Franklin (Jean) Krahn of Ostrander; four grandchildren, T.J. (Callie) Ehlenfeldt, Blair (Sara) Ehlenfeldt, Elizabeth (Jason) Rice, and Laura (Michael) Waksdahl; three stepgrandchildren, Tom (Vicki) Hamersma, Ted (Barb) Hamersma and Kelly (Dan) Barker; 11 great-grandchildren, Dale, Katie, Braddock, Brighton, Jed, Miles, Daniel, Isaac, Corey and A.J. ; his sister and two brothers, Delores Howard, Lloyd Krahn and Lawrence "Shorty" Krahn, all of Spring Valley; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dick and Carol Aug and Chuck and Audrey Rathburn.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Laura Howard Krahn and Myrna Johnson Krahn; his parents; and a stepson, Gary Hamersma.

A time of visitation will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour before the service Thursday at Church of Our Savior.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home, www.griffin-gray.com.