Orville “Ollie” Krahenbuhl, 92, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, June 23, at the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, in DeKalb. He was born July 8, 1917, on a farm near Bristol, Ill., the eldest son of John and Gertrude (Gittleson) Krahenbuhl. He married his college sweetheart, Lillian Wickness on September 19, 1942, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, Ill.
Ollie was a graduate of Rochelle High School class of 1937. He was also a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, is a member of the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame, and was named to several of NIU’s All Century athletic teams. He was a longtime member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School, holding a position on its Administrative Board, and serving for many years as an usher.
Ollie served in the Navy and the Army during WWII. He taught school and coached at Harlem High School in Rockford, Shabbona High School, and Malta High School, farmed the family farm between Lee and Steward, Ill., and served as a hail insurance adjustor during summers in the years following his retirement from teaching.
A longtime member of Kishwaukee Country Club, Ollie was an avid golfer and spent his retirement years building golf clubs and repairing golf clubs for friends. He was a member of the American Legion and Rotary International. He and his wife Lillian traveled widely around the United States, often on visits to or for activities involving their children and grandchildren. They spent their winters in Arizona from 1981 to 2001.
He is survived by his five children, Gary (Richey) Krahenbuhl of Tempe, Ariz., James (Jean) Krahenbuhl of Earp, Calif., Scott (Peg) Krahenbuhl of Surprise, Ariz., Debra (Jan) Hueber of Steward, Ill., and Doug (Sue) Krahenbuhl of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife Lillian, his parents, and his brother, Eugene.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 28, at Calvary Lutheran Church in rural Lee, Ill., with Rev. Doug Opp officiating. Burial will follow services at Union Cemetery in rural Steward, Ill. Visitation will be held on from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Ltd., in DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Orville “Ollie” Krahenbuhl Memorial Fund in care of the Anderson Funeral Home, Ltd, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For further information please call (815) 756-1022 or visit AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com .