Obit: Krultz, Deborah Elaine (1957 - 2016)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Krultz, Brown, Craig, Willis, Gordon, Hyland, Trunkel, Galiger, Miller, Reineke, Koschak, Brierton, Greenwald, Brown, Waldburger, Rajaofera

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/23/2016

Krultz, Deborah Elaine (7 February 1957 – 19 November 2016)

Deborah E. Krultz, 59, of Greenwood passed away at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

Deborah Elaine Craig was born Feb. 7, 1957, the youngest child of Thurman and Martha (Brown) Craig. She was the only one of her siblings to be born in Wisconsin, as her family moved to Willard from Indiana in January 1957. She attended Willard Grade School and graduated with honors from Greenwood High School in 1975. She then attended UW-River Falls where she studied agricultural education. After graduation, she worked as a sales representative for Ralston Purina from 1979-1981, after which she farmed in Willard from 1981-1983. Deb married David James Krultz Feb. 12, 1983, at Grace United Methodist Church in Greenwood. Together they owned and operated Broken Wheel Farms on his home farm northwest of Greenwood, where she continued to live after her husband’s passing in 2002. She later was employed as a receptionist at Loyal Veterinary Services from 2004 to November 2016.

Deborah was very active in various community organizations. She was a member of the county, state, and national Holstein Association, serving six years on the board of directors at the county level; the Clark County Farm Bureau, where she was named Women’s Committee chairman; and was appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Dairy Policy Committee in 1987. Both she and her husband, David, were very proud to be named the Outstanding Young Farming Couple in 1985 by the Wisconsin State Jaycees and nominated parade marshals for the 1995 Dairy Days Parade. Being the daugher of a veteran, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 17 years, serving as treasurer for 11 years. She was also director and secretary for the Learn-A-Lot Preschool for three years. As her children grew older, her community involvement focused more on being a leader for the Willard-Braun 4-H Club and active in the Greenwood FFA Alumni, where she was a lifetime member. She served as the Town of Warner treasurer for 20 years. Most recently, she had joined the Greenwood Public Library Board. After the closing of Grace United Methodist Church, she became a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Greenwood.

Deborah had many interests, including reading, crossword, and jigsaw puzzles, trying new recipes and spending time with family. After the sale of her own cattle and machinery, she always enjoyed a nice drive on a sunny afternoon to check out everyone’s crops and see their cattle grazing, while telling stories of past generations who owned each property.

She will be dearly missed by her two children, Doug of Lake Hallie and Jenn of Spencer; her sisters, Mary (Jerry) Willis of Huber Heights, OH, Sandra (Craig) Gordon of Sun Prairie, Kay Hyland of Mishawaka, IN, and Sarah (Jack) Trunkel of Willard, as well as her husband’s family: Dorothy Galiger (John Miller) of Sun Lake, AZ, Donna Reineke of New Berlin, M Edward Krultz of Greenwood, Ralph Krultz of Greenwood, Gary Krultz of Greenwood, Barbara ( Steve) Koschak of Middleton, Bonnie (Tom) Brierton of Junction City, and Jana (Gary) Greenwald of Marshfield; her aunt Mona Brown of New Castle, IN; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her husband, David, Oct. 30, 2002; her parents; her sister, Linda Waldburger; her-in-laws, Selvian and Vicki Krultz, Jim Reineke, Judy Krultz, Barbara M. Krultz, and Richard Hyland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, rural Greenwood, with the Rev. Asafa Rajaofera officiating. Visitation will be held at the church, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Online condolences may be expressed at  Cuddie Funeral Home of Greenwood is assisting the family with the arrangements.



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