Merton Harry Krumrei, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Hiawatha Care Center following a short illness. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Inurnment will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Martha Krumrei, his sons; Neil (Clara) Krumrei of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dean (Kathy) Krumrei of Robins, Iowa, Brian (Michele) Krumrei of Sacramento, California and Curtis Krumrei of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his brother, Charles (Sharon) Krumrei of Bella Vista, Arkansas and his aunt, Gweneth White of Athelstane, Wisconsin. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kay.
Merton was born July 8, 1928 in Athelstane, Wisconsin, the son of Harry and Lucia (Dunn) Krumrei. He married the love of his life, Martha Carol Smith on April 5, 1953 in Evansville, Indiana. Merton worked in the family store from 1953-1963 and then for Modern Woodman Insurance Company until 1989, and worked in broker sales until retiring in 2002. Merton enjoyed the great outdoors-taking many walks in the woods. He also loved square dancing, big band and bluegrass music. His favorite pastime was enjoying his grandchildren and time spent with family and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Hiawatha Care Center for the care given to Merton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hiawatha Care Center in Merton’s memory.