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home : obituaries : obituaries May 28, 2016

7/15/2014 9:26:00 AM
Arden N. Krinke

Arden "Ardy" Neil Krinke, 68, of South Haven, formerly of Elk River, died Monday, July 7, 2014, days after suffering a massive stroke.

Funeral Services were held on Thursday, July 10, at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery, Mora.

Ardy is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; son Todd (Andrea) of Buffalo; daughter, Lisa of Champlin; stepdaughters, Victoria Young (Erich) of North Oaks and Wendy Zippwald (Scott) of Fairfield, Calif.; and cherished grandchildren, Amanda, Elisabeth, Benjamin, Madeline, Cooper, Caden and Maxwell. He is also survived by his adoring siblings, twins Gene (Joan) of Cambridge and Dean (Karen) of Woodbury, Janelle Evenson of Cambridge, Kathy Fulkerson (David) of Chanhassen, and twin Arlen (Madelyn) of Elk River; many nieces and nephews, friends, and constant canine companion KC.

His was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, David Evenson.

Ardy was born May 14, 1946, in Mora, to Victor and Mary (Black) Krinke. He lived a full and purposeful life, impacting others and changing them for the better. Ardy was interested to know everyone he met, so he could call them all friends.

He began his career as a meat cutter at the Mora Meat Market and then attended Moler Barber School. Early in his adult life, Ardy became a small business owner, purchasing a barbershop in Henderson. Later, he managed Molitor's grocery store in West St. Paul and worked as a meat cutter in Berglund, Mich. In 1972, he bought a barbershop in Elk River, which became Ardy's On Main. It remains the longest-running barbershop in the state. Ardy sold the shop and retired in 2006 to enjoy time at his home sanctuary on Lake Francis.

Ardy fostered his closest relationship with God, as a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Elk River, a founding member of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Elk River, a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Nowthen, and then as a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale, where he was an elder, president of the congregation, usher and choir member.

Ardy was an enthusiastic supporter and actor in amateur theater, breaking out in roles at Mora High School and continuing for many years with Elk River Community Theatre. He also gave dedicated service to the Sherburne County Soil and Water Conservation Board, and later to the Lake Francis Area Recreation and Conservation Club Board.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed cheering on with gusto the Annandale Cardinals, Mora Mustangs, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. Ardy also loved spending time with family, boating on Lake Francis, walking his dog and doing yard work.

Music: Terrell Beaudry

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