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William J. Krieg, 85, of Clarendon, died at 2:10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at his residence, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 2, 1925 in St. Marys, son of the late Louis and Rose Sarginger Krieg.Â
He was a resident of the Warren area for more than 50 years and was formerly of Minnesota, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and the Pittsburgh area. A 1943 graduate of St. Marys High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving with the 135th Construction Battalion at Saipan & Tinian, Mariana Islands, building airstrips and barracks.
He was instrumental in the construction of the St. Marys Dam and Kinzua Dam, the Kinzua Upper Reservoir, and the Taconite Mine Facility located in Babbitt, Minn. He was employed as a road andÂ construction foreman, working with Hunkin-Conkey Co. of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Warren Brothers, and lastly L.C. Whitford Co., retiring in 1988.
For 38 years, Bill was a member of the First Church of God in Warren, served as their custodian for several years and actively attended many church functions, including the annual church sauerkraut dinner, where he made and supplied 500-plus pounds of sauerkraut. He was a member of the St. Marys American Legion Post since 1944, and also the International Union of Operating Engineers. He took great pride in maintaining his small farm where he was a master gardener, and his large vegetable garden and cabbage patch were well-known. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a great lover of animals, especially his little Boston bulldogs, his constant companions. He always offered a sparkling smile and welcoming handshake to anyone he met. He will always be remembered warmly for his devoted love of his family and countless friends.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jean Dyke Krieg, whom he married Jan. 2, 1972 in Warren; three children, Linda Krieg of Warren and Key West, Fla., Gary Mickle and his wife, Becky, of Russell, and Cindy Brooks and her husband, Andy, of Warren; three sisters, Esther Miller of St. Marys, Carol Thompson and her husband, William, of Pasadena, Calif., and Donna Yetzer of St. Marys; two brothers, Richard Krieg and his wife, Alice, and Gary Krieg, all of St. Marys; four grandchildren, Jodi Mickle Holland and her husband, Rev. Toby, of Warren, Scott Mickle of Conover, N.C., Heidi Brooks Peters and her husband, Spencer, of Spring Mills, and Jessica Brooks Heeter and her husband, Kevin, of Warren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Minser Krieg, who died Nov. 23, 1964; two brothers, Earl L. (Bud) and Howard Krieg; a niece, Amy Krieg Meyers; and a nephew, Jeff Krieg.
Friends of William J. Krieg may call at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday at First Church of God, 1111 Madison Ave., Warren from 10 to 11 a.m., when a funeral and committal service will be conducted with the Rev. Bill Hargenrader, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Warren.
The American flag will be presented to his wife, Jean, by members of the U.S. Navy Personnel.Â
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through the First Church of God, 1111 Madison Ave., Warren, PA 16365; or Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA 16365.