The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 18, 2013

Walter E. Krumrei Jr.

Published 12-19-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Private family services are being held for Walter E. Krumrei Jr., 92-year-old Enid resident. Service is under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home. A register book is available for signing at the funeral home.

Walter was born May 30, 1921, in Stillwater, Okla., to Walter Sr. and Ila (Dollinger) Krumrei and passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Golden Oaks Nursing Center in Enid.

He grew up in Bristow, Okla., and graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, Okla. In 1943, he graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry.

On May 15, 1943, he married Marilyn Hamilton at First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater.

From 1943 to 1945, Walter was stationed as a platoon basic training officer with the United States Army at Camp Barkley in Abilene, Texas. Then, from 1945 until 1946, he was stationed as a surveyor and instructor in horsemanship at the general hospital at Camp Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.

In September 1946, they moved to Ramona, Okla., where they began ranching with dairy, beef cattle and horses.

In 1951, Walter was recalled into active duty during the Korean Conflict as an ambulance company commander. He was discharged as captain from the U.S. Army in 1953.

The couple moved to north Enid briefly, and in 1957, they settled in northwest Enid and continued their ranching. Known as the Running K Ranch, he and Marilyn raised running quarter horses.

Since August 2005, they had resided at Golden Oaks together. After 69 years together, Marilyn passed away in November 2012.

Walter was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Enid, past Worthy Patron of Oklahoma Eastern Star and a 32nd Degree Mason. He also was past president of Garfield Downs for horse racing, of which he was also instrumental in organizing and starting.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; son, Warrant Officer Don Krumrei, who was killed in the Vietnam War; and his parents.

Walter is survived by daughter, Kay Blakley and husband Mickey of Hennessey; granddaughters, Cindy Pribil and husband Roger of Hennessey and Tanya Cameron and husband Chris of Kingfisher; great-grandchildren, Blake and Brooke Cameron and Elizabeth and Ryan Pribil; and family friend, Marie Pierce of Enid.

Memorials can be made through the funeral home to First Presbyterian Church, Disabled American Veterans or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be given to the family online at www.enidwecare.com.

(Submitted by family)