Harold H. Krinke, 95, of Como Park, died Jan. 3. He was born in Lamberton, Minn. Soon after, Harold’s father died, and he and his two sisters were raised in Lamberton by a caring uncle and aunt, as well as by their grandfather, a Civil War veteran and pioneer Minnesota settler and farmer.
Harold enrolled at Macalester College and later at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a business degree in 1939 and was a member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Harold met his future wife, Helen, on a blind date set up by his sister Marian. They married on July 5, 1941. He served in World War II in England as a captain in the Eighth Air Force 100th Bomb Group. Harold was a life member of Osman Shrine and was also active in the Sertoma Club. Harold became a successful independent insurance agent, eventually owning Bosshardt-Nelson Insurance Agency in downtown St. Paul.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen; three daughters, Lorna McCollum, Kirsten Ihrke and Myra (William) Hillburg; a son, Roger (Mary Ann) Krinke; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marian Krinke.
His funeral service was Jan. 9 at Como Park Lutheran Church, with interment at Roselawn Cemetery.