Gene Chase Kranick, 78, of Rush City, formerly of Forest Lake, went home to heaven Sept. 16, 2013.
Gene was born Oct. 26, 1934, in Big Lake Minn. to Blanche and Chase Kranick. Oct. 30, 1960, he married his true love and best friend Barb Reese. They had five girls: Lori, Lisa, Lynn, Leah and Lana; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren who were the center of Genes universe. Gene lived his life for his family and God and was involved in many activities. Gene worked for 40 years at Honeywell in the aviation department, at one point helping to build the space shuttle. During this time, Gene would work 18 to 20 hour days. It was a highlight of his career watching the space shuttle take flight. Besides working long hours to provide for his family, Gene loved to volunteer his time to help others by building wooden toys for needy children who wouldnt get Christmas gifts, or repairing wheelchairs at the Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center where he earned the nickname Wheeler. Gene was always giving to others.
When Gene had some spare time, he loved to make memories with Barb, his wife of almost 53 years. Through the years they enjoyed many hobbies: square dancing, bowling, Vikings football, gardening, bird watching and traveling always with a beer in hand and lots of laughter. Gene also had an amazing passion and interest in history especially the Civil War, he was able to recite any battle or Generals name.
Genes infectious smile and kind heart will be missed by everyone that knew him. He was a true Angel on Earth. Go Waltz Across Texas dad we will see you soon.
Gene is survived by his soul mate Barb; daughters Lori (Bruce) Schlichting, of Blaine, Lisa Kelley, of Linwood, Leah (Roger) Palmer, of Rush City, and Lana Kranick (David Lewerenz); 12 grandchildren Brian Stace, Stephanie Kelley, Ami Kelley, Donald Maroschek, Matthew Kranick, Amelia Maroschek, Alyssa Schlichting, Mason Palmer, Lexi Rognstad, Amanda Palmer, Montgomery Palmer, Addy Lewerenz; and three great grandchildren Jerric, Isabella and Luca.
He is preceded in death by his beautiful daughter Pooh Bear Lynn Maroschek and parents Chase and Blanche Kranick.
Reverend John Beck officiated a memorial service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at St. Johns Lutheran Church of Rush City. A visitation was held at the church on Wednesday evening 5 to 7 p.m. Honorary Urn Bearers were Brain Stace, Stephanie Kelley, Ami Kelley, Donald Maroschek, Matthew Kranick, Amelia Maroschek, and Alyssa Schlichting. Urn bearers were Lexi Rognstad and Mason Palmer. Pathlighters were Amanda Palmer, Montgomery Palmer, and Addy Lewerenz.
Arrangements for Gene Kranick are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service – Olson Chapel of Rush City www.funeralandcremationservice.com.