Elmer E. Krakow, age 92 of Marengo, died Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery with military honors. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, July 21, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. A memorial fund has been established.
Elmer is survived by his wife Naomi; a daughter Kathy Jo Kurth (fiancé Michael Denison) of Marengo; two grandchildren, Stephanie Weida and Michael Weida; and three great-grandchildren, Angel Jansen, Hayden Weida and Braiden Weida.
Also surviving are three brothers, George (Dorothy) of Marengo, Clarence (Kathy) of Belle Plaine, Wayne (Elsie) of Marengo, and a sister Lillian (Ernie) Schmutz of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Carl and Dale, and two sisters, Betty Wright, and Emma Krakow in infancy.
Elmer Ernest Krakow was born December 13, 1921 in Homestead, Iowa, the son of Ernest Carl Krakow and Anna Marie Kahler Krakow. He received his education in the Iowa county schools and served in the U.S. Army for two years, stationed in Germany. Elmer was united in marriage to Naomi Kurth on September 6, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo. Elmer worked for ten years as a farmhand, and at Kelly’s Implement for 22 years. Lastly he and his brother George owned and operated the Krakow Brothers Garage for 35 years.
Elmer was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo, and the Marengo American Legion Post 76. He and his brother made all the flag poles that are used at the cemetery on Memorial Day. Elmer enjoyed camping and fishing in his free time. He also liked to work on crossword puzzles, and spend time in his garden.