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Thomas 'Tom' Dale Krumboltz

Sep 04, 2013

Thomas “Tom” Dale Krumboltz, 74, of Fairfield, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Parkview Care Center in Fairfield.

A funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Stacy Grau officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield with military rites by the 34th Army Band, Iowa Army National Guard.

Visitation for family and friends is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Behner Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Mildred Krumboltz Scholarship Fund, Fairfield Senior Center or National Parkinson Foundation.

Cards and memorials can be sent to 1945 Gear Ave., Fairfield 52556.

Mr. Krumboltz was born Jan. 24, 1939 in Fairfield, the son of Dale Lawrence and Mildred Amelia Wildman Krumboltz. He married Karen Louis Pampel July 1, 1967, at the Methodist church in Williams, Iowa.

He graduated from Fairfield High School and Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural engineering.

After graduating from ISU he lived in Webster City and Creston for 12 years as an Allis Chalmers District Manager.

In 1973 he moved back to Fairfield and was a self-employed farmer for 40 years.

He served 43 distinguished years with the 34th Army Band, Iowa National Guard in Fairfield.  He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Iowa State Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Army Reserve Component  Achievement Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

He pioneered no-till farming during his career with Allis Chalmers. He demonstrated this innovation at countless test plots across Iowa and at the Farm Progress Show.

He implemented no-till as he began his farming operation in rural Fairfield. He loved working on the farm and was an FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer, Iowa Soil Conservation Award winner and Iowa Master Corn Grower.

He enjoyed waterskiing and teaching others to waterski.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Fairfield.

He had been a member of city council, Elks Lodge No. 1192, Farm Bureau and Lions Club, having served as a Tail Twister.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Krumboltz; two sons, Brent Krumboltz and spouse Mindy of Beardstown, Ill., and Sean Krumboltz and spouse Lori of Fairfield; one daughter, Krista Wyman and spouse Mark of Gardnerville, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; and two sisters, Jane Carmichael of Shenandoah and Sue Swanson of Willow Park, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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