Darrell Kringen, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at his home. He was 79 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2020 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Pastor Michael Rue officiating.
The Funeral Service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/EmmanuelMora
VISITATION will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the church on Monday.
INTERMENT will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora
Darrell George Kringen, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at his home. He was 79 years old.
Darrell was born on May 14, 1941 in Fawn Lake Township, Todd County, Minnesota to parents George and Helen (Gaffke) Kringen. He grew up on the family farm, the second of four siblings, and attended country school until the age of 14. He then attended Staples High School, and graduated in 1959. In his senior year, he was the Student Council President, and also accepted the honor of being the American Legion Award recipient. After high school he attended the University of MN, where he studied and also taught agricultural classes as a teaching assistant, and graduated with a degree in Agriculture and Economics. He served in the National Guard for a number of years.
He and Beverly Jenkins where united in marriage at the Methodist church in Staples on August 28, 1965, and Darrell took a job in Warren, MN for six months before transferring down to Mora, MN in 1966. Beverly Kringen preceded him in death on May 9, 1984, and on September 14, 1985, he and Georgia (Johnson) Vreeland, who had also lost her first spouse, were married at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora, MN.
Darrell worked for the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) as a County Supervisor for 27 years before accepting a government voluntary separation and retired at the age of 50. As a farm kid, he was never one to be idle, so he became self-employed: first running a 5-acre strawberry farm Kringen’s Strawberries, with his wife Georgia, and later East Central Basement Waterproofing with his son Todd. Darrell and his longtime friend Gene Sheggrud completed basement waterproofing jobs together until 2018, when he finally declared that it might be nice to “slow down a little, and enjoy his retirement a bit more, because there were many things that he still wanted to do”.
Darrell was an active member at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Mora, where he served on various committees and was involved in many opportunities ranging from youth activity bus driver to church chairman over the years. He was an active participant in the Mora Classic events of running, biking, canoeing, and skiing, but if asked, would chose gliding down the slopes of Big Sky, MT over trudging along the trails in the Vasaloppet each year. He was a volunteer for the Mora Fire Department. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, going to country-western concerts and shows in Branson, MO, camping, and his true passion: horses. He loved the time he got to spend with Georgia working and participating with the Sandstone Riders Saddle Club, and traveling to horse-friendly parks around the Midwest with Georgia and the grandkids on their many summer vacations together.
Darrell put God first in his life, but he also loved his wife, his children and grandchildren and most recently his great-granddaughter! He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. If you asked Darrell how tall he was, he would always give the same answer: “Well, I am 5’7…. if I lie just a little bit.” Though small in stature, his family thinks that he was a giant among men, and the cowboy boots he so fondly adorned will be impossible to fill. We love you Darrell.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Beverly, and sister Delores Macauley.
He is survived by his wife Georgia; children, Lee (Jennifer) Vreeland, Todd (Melissa) Vreeland, Kim (Beth) Kringen, and Heidi (Jonathan) Bouley; grandchildren, Ross Vreeland (Leah Schoenecker), Tyler (Precious) Vreeland, Lauren Vreeland, Rachel Vreeland, Cameron Kringen, Ethan Bouley, Samuel Bouley, and Micah Kringen; great granddaughter, GraceLynn Vreeland; sister Janice (Clark) Pettersen; brother Roger (Marcia) Kringen; brother-in-law Dave Macauley; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.