Marlo "Jake" Krehbiel, 89, of McPherson, Kan., passed away at 1:25 a.m., Sunday, June 9, peacefully, at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson, Kan.
Jake was born in his parent's home in Moundridge, Kan., on Oct. 9, 1923, a son of Elisabeth (Wedel) and Jacob P. Krehbiel.
Jake attended the Moundridge grade school and graduated from Moundridge High School, Moundridge, Kansas in 1941. He then attended Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.
Jake was a member of First Mennonite Church McPherson, Kan., where he served his church through the years in many capacities.
Jake started working for Boeing Aircraft during World War II building planes; he then worked in Hutchinson, Kan., prior to moving to McPherson where he began his 37 and one-half year career with N.C.R.A. as a pipe fitter and retired as a pipe fitter leadsman.
Jake was a member of the refinery's Local Union and he enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, golfing, fishing, and traveling after retirement.
Marlo "Jake" Krehbiel was united in marriage to Zelma Marie "Sammy" Dalke on July 3, 1943, at the Bethel College Chapel, North Newton, Kan.
Surviving family members include his loving and devoted wife of nearly 70 years, Zelma "Sammy" Krehbiel, of McPherson, Kan; his children, Constance "Connie" Krehbiel, of Vallejo, Calif., Mike Krehbiel and his wife Debbie, of Albuquerque, N.M., Patty Smith and her husband David, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mark Krehbiel, of Monte Vista, Colo.; his seven grandchildren, Kim Gourlay and her husband Drew, of Yass, Australia, Chris Watson, of Oakland, Calif., Terry Watson and his wife Carmen, of Alameda, Calif., Zach Smith and his wife Nikki, of Grovetown, Ga., Luke Smith and his wife Jessica, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Taylor Smith and his wife Katie, of Hastings, Neb., and Holly Krehbiel, of Santa Fe, N.M.; his eight great-grandchildren, Pierce and Declan Gourlay, Haley and Aurora Watson, Isabel and Makayla Smith, and McKenna and Maddox Smith; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Jake was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Elisabeth Krehbiel; a son Larry Wayne Krehbiel; eight brothers and sisters: Mary Stucky, John Krehbiel, Wilma Goering, Mildred Stevenson, Thelma Adams, Ruth Kaufman-Gailar, Evenlyn Krehbiel, and Leona Krehbiel; eight half brothers and sisters; Harry Krehbiel, Ida Albright, Gus Krehbiel, Olag Stucky, Bertha Stucky, Matilda Kaufman, Phillip Krehbiel, and Lee Krehbiel; and his adopted brother, Kenneth Stucky.
The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, and will be held at the First Mennonite Church, McPherson, Kan., with Pastor Kathy Neufeld Dunn officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MCC Relief or McPherson Mennonite Church and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.