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Earl J. Krumel

January 11, 1922 ~ January 9, 2020 (age 97)


Earl J. Krumel, 97, of Defiance, passed away on Thursday morning,  January 9, 2020 at Rosary Care Center in Sylvania, Ohio.  
He was born on January 11, 1922 to Joseph and Margaret (Detwiler) Krumel in Defiance County. Earl was a 1940 graduate of Defiance High School. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army 99th Division during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. On May 17, 1948 he married Florene (Forney) Krumel, who preceded him in death on June 16, 2018.  Earl was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Defiance, and a lifetime member of VFW #3360. He worked as a Sales Representative for Dinner Bell Foods for over 39 years until his retirement in 1986. 
Earl is survived by his sons, John Krumel and Joseph (Glola) Krumel, all of Nashville, TN, daughter, Charlene (Dr. Richard) Powers of Sebastopol, CA. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, his brother, Fred (Carmen) Krumel of Westerville, OH, and many nieces and nephews.  
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florene Krumel, and brothers, Don, Paul, and Ralph Krumel.
Visitation will be held from 9-10 am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Fr. Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverview Memory Gardens, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW #3360. 
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January 11, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Schaffer Funeral Home
529 Jefferson Ave
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Mass of Christian Burial
January 11, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
715 Jefferson Ave.
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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