Obit: Krei, Collin A. - Sgt. (1989 - 2015)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Krei, Benzschawel, Brovan, Bresina, Ottinger, Bowe, Koivisto-Szany, Eslinger, Rider

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI) 9/16/2015

Krei, Collin A. (24 June 1989 - 7 September 2015) With Flag

Sgt. Collin A. Krei, 26, of 513 Dwight St., Chippewa Falls, died suddenly on Monday, September 7, 2015, at his home.

Collin was born June 24, 1989, in Eau Claire, the son of Jerome Benzschawel and Karen Krei. Collin served in the Marines from August 2010 to December 2013, was an active reservist, and had earned the rank of Sergeant.

Collin enjoyed outdoor recreational activities, motorcycling, hunting, four-wheeling, and also playing video games. Collin worked for the Canadian National Railway.

Collin is survived by his mother, Karen Brovan (Douglas Bresina) of Chippewa Falls; his father Jerome Benzschawel of Withee; half-brother, Ryan Brovan of Eau Claire; half-sister, Kelsey Brovan of Eau Claire; maternal grandma, Gloria Krei of Thorp; aunt, Kimberley (Robert) Ottinger of Thorp; cousin, Emily Ottinger; other relatives and friends; and his friends, Lacey Bowe, Robert Koivisto-Szany, both of Chippewa Falls, and matt Eslinger of Eau Claire.

Collin was preceded in death by his maternal grandpa, Theodore Krei; and paternal grandparents, Ervin and Bernadine Benzschawel.

Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 11 at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls, Deacon Dan Rider officiated. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in the Township of Warner, Greenwood, WI. Military rites were conducted. Friends called from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Friday, September 11 at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls.

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