Francis J. "Pat” Kreifels, 84, of rural Dunbar, died Jan. 6, 2014, surrounded by family. Pat was born July 15, 1929 in Nebraska City to Sterling and Caroline (Heng) Kreifels. He attended District #56 country school and Nebraska City High School where he graduated in 1947.
Pat and Irma (Ganzel) Kreifels were married at St. Josephs Church, Paul, July 8, 1952. Pat served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict as a radio repairman. He was a TV and radio repairman until the untimely death of his father-in-law, when he began farming near Dunbar. Pat was a member of Holy Trinity Church at Avoca, the NFO, the American Legion and the Eagles.
He is survived by wife Irma Kreifels; children Dennis and Kay Kreifels of Syracuse, Janene and Rick Heyen of Otoe, Dan and Deb Kreifels of Syracuse, Luanne and Tim Arkfeld of Dunbar, Gary and Nadine Kreifels of Avoca, and Kurt Kreifels of Auburn; 18 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; siblings Marilyn and Orlin Neels, Dunbar, Joyce Kempkes, Nebraska City, John and Janet Kreifels, Lincoln, and Carolyn Lechner, Nebraska City; brother-in-law Allan Burr, Syracuse; numerous nephews and nieces and friends.
He was preceded by sisters Marcene Burr and Jean Wurtele; brothers-in-law Norman Kempkes, Donald Wurtele and Robert Lechner; and parents-in-law Ben and Clara Ganzel.
His life was devoted to farming, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse. Graveside interment services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Nebraska City with military honors by the U.S. Air Force Funeral Honors Detail.
A rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at St. Paulinus Catholic Church in Syracuse followed by the family receiving friends.
Pat requested Masses be offered for the happy repose of his soul. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Avoca.
Gude Mortuary, Nebraska City, is in charge of arrangements.