In Loving Memory of Arthur E. Krenn - Our Hero


August 22, 1922 - November 26, 2007
85 Years, 3 Months and 4 Days

Arthur Edward Krenn

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Arthur Edward Krenn - Also known as Arthur & "Arte"
Born 8/22/1922, Died 11/26/2007

Arthur E. Krenn

Arthur "Arte" Edward Krenn, 85, of 366 Roosevelt Street, Fond du Lac, passed away at his home on Monday, November 26, 2007.

He was born on August 22, 1922 in New London, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph & Cecilia (Weller) Krenn.

On October 20, 1945, he married Shirley Elaine Sampson at the Church of Peace, Fond du Lac.

Arte worked at Vulcan Manufacturing for 25 years before retiring in 1982.

Arte served in World War II as a Tank Commander in the 1st Armored Division, where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a decorated war hero earning 3 Purple Hearts and 3 Bronze Stars. He also was a war correspondent. His war chronicles can be viewed at http:/

Arte was active in his retired years in the American Legion, where he served on the executive board for 15 years. He also was active in the VFW. Arte was a member of the firing squad for those veterans passing. He grew up during the depression and worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp Riley Creek, Fifield, WI.

Arte worked hard for the NACCCA Chapter 94 as recording secretary. He was instrumental in raising funds to erect the 20th bronze statue erected in the country (and 1st in the State of Wisconsin) to commemorate the CCC workers. The statue and building can be viewed on the corner of Park Avenue and Pioneer. He also played an integral part in fundraised for the outside display of the helicopter and armored personal vehicle at the American Legion Hall.

Arte participated in Fond du Lac parades. He could be seen in his uniform standing handsome and tall, and proudly waving from the tank that drove him in the parade. Arte also enjoyed visiting schools and sharing his experiences with the children.

Arte also enjoyed spending time with his family fishing, playing cards, or debating politics. He enjoyed sharing his views, (sometimes controversial - mostly not), about the world and frequently wrote Letters to the Editor in the Fond du Lac Reporter. He especially enjoyed spending time with his "honey boy" great-grandson John Bevan III, "Trey".

He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 62 years, 4 daughters, Gloria Abel "Yas", Donna Snyder "Hoot", Sharon Luedtke "Chubbs", and Bonnie Konen "my little girl down the street", all of Fond du Lac; one son Arthur "Mush" (Krystal) of Fond du Lac; 13 grandchildren, Michelle "Mick" (Paul) Hughes, Tammy (JJ) Abel-Bevan "my Honey girl", Pam (Mike) Smith, Rob (Amy Luedkte), Danny Paul Snyder, and Deanna "Babe Doll" (Justin) Swonger all of Fond du Lac, Scott Luedtke of Roxboro, NC, Shane "Shaney" (Stacy) Abel of Port St. Lucie, FL, Traci Fischer of Indian Harbor, FL, Charles "Chuck" Passon of Milwaukee, Heather "Honey Girl" Rohde, Gerald "Bear" Luchinski Jr. of Fond du Lac, and Shilah "Pie" Luchinski of Hilbert.

Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren, Jaimie Pulcine, Haley Pulcine, Ciarra Hughes, Jayden Hughes, John A. Bevan III "Trey", Acacia Elaine Bevan, Keeley Towne, Owen and Elizabeth Luedtke, Kai-Charles James Rumbuc, Elliot Arthur and Chloe Elaine Swonger, all of Fond du Lac, Kaitlyn Abel of Port Lucie, Fl,; 2 great-great grandchildren, Sydney Rose Whetstone and Ryder Towne.

He is further survived by brothers and sisters, Leroy, Mary Jane, and Sal Cross all of Fond du Lac, Danny of Oshkosh, Fred (Millie) of Marshfield.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joseph and David, his sisters, Helen Howe and Irene Bradison; one great-great grandchild Jullian Whetstone.

Visitation: The family will receive relatives and friends at the Zacherl Funeral Home, 875 E. Division St., Fond du Lac, from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 29, 2007.

Services: Funeral Services will be held at the Zacherl Funeral Home on Thursday at 1:00 P.M. Entombment will immediately follow at the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum at Ledgeview Memorial Park.

The Following are the Memorials left at Zacherl's Candle Vigil Section for Arte Krenn:

To my Dad - I miss you Pa - you were always my hero dad. What am I going to do without you? I wish I could turn back time dad so you would be here with us. I will never ever forget you dad. I love you and miss you very very much. Love your son, Mushy

P.S. - Nobody will ever call me Mush again I promise!

I have known Arte Krenn now for over 15 years. He was a Noble Warrior who helped me to see life more clearly, for he taught me the value of being an American, and also the value of a true friend. We were Brothers-in-Arms; his war was WWII, mine was Vietnam.. but somewhere in the middle, we met together to find Peace. If more people could be like Arte Krenn, it truly would be a better world.

Farewell, dear friend, until we meet across the Bar.

Jake Jaccard,
Winchester, TN
Formerly of Campbellsport, WI

I was a co-worker of Barb Krenn. She talked dearly of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all especially after having our sister's funeral at the same home on Friday, the following day. Love, Fran

Fran Morse

We laid you to rest on Thursday

After planning this "grand finale" a final fairwell to you - my handsome papa -I still haven't processed your death. I have been in "Tammy multi-tasking mode".

Reality still has not seeped in.

When it was my time to say goodbye to you, before your casket was closed, as I have for all of my life - I kissed you on the top of your head.

The smell of papa was still in your hair. Panicked kicked in. I didn't realize how the smell of your hair has always been a comfort to me. A sense of peace. A sense of home.

I kept holding up the line papa cuz your honey girl had to keep kissing the top of your head for one last smell - the smell of peace, comfort and home.

I hope you enjoyed your service papa.
I worked tiredlessly for you to receive the honor and recognition that you deserve. You have always had the family's love.

I wanted to shout to the roof tops - this man is grand! I think alot more people know that after today.

Goodnite my papa. I won't see you in the morning, but I will see you in my dreams, and hold your love in my heart forever.

Your loving grand daughter

Tammy - My Honey Girl


I miss you so very much. It's not the same without you. I know that you are in a much better place,No more sickness,no more pain. You always thought you were a burden to me. But I loved helping you anyway I could. Losing my only Grandpa was very hard. So much pain and grief. You will never be forgotten Grandpa I Love You.
Please give my only grandson Jullian a kiss for me. You are my biggest Hero.
Love & Miss you with all my heart.

Michelle {Mick}

Grandpa your Legacy will continue.

We don't know how our lives are going to be without you. To say that you were a wonderful man is an under statement. We will miss you so much
The King of our family. I hope you have seen all your old friends and family. Say Hi to them for us.
Rest in peace my handsome papa.
We will meet again.............

Tammy - My Honey Girl & JJ

Acacia - baby girl
Trey "my honey boy
JJ and Tammy Bevan

My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family in this time of loss.

Mandy Zoch

A truely great friend and one of this country's War Heroes. He spoke his mind but loved this Country as much as any man could. We are going to miss him dearly, but there are many of his friends waiting for him in Heaven. Go in Peace Arte, and save me a spot.

Diane & Wayne Geis

Jesus Christ - Savior, Creator and Redeemer of the World

In the belief that a heart filled with love knows no separation from those who live on in memory, these words are inscribed here:

"If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come." - Job 14:14

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: `And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: `Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." - Job 19:25-26

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." - Psalms 116:15

"Jesus said '...I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: `And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.'" - John 11:25-26

"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" - (2 Corinthians 5:8)

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." - Philippians 1:21

"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." - Revelation 14:13

"Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection--Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life. `And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow." - Alma 40:11,12,

From the Book of Mormon - another Testament of Jesus Christ

With Love for Arte and also his grieving family,

Jake Jaccard,
Winchester, TN

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