|Tom L. Krahl|
March 3, 1943-June 13, 2014
Tom was a Marine machine gunner in Vietnam. He was particularly proud of his sharp shooter status and received two purple hearts during his tour of duty. Tom owned and operated several businesses, including a pawnshop, was a firearms dealer, and was recognized by this peers as an expert on antique slot machines. His company, Krahl Klassic Antiques, supplied parts for hobbyists and dealers all over the world. Tom loved playing cards in almost any form and swapping stories with his cronies. He also enjoyed hunting with his sons and buddies at a deer camp near Tomahawk for many years and taking fishing trips to Canada. He was happy when he purchased his own land on which to live and hunt just north of Wild Rose. That property fulfilled another life’s dream of hobby farming. Birds in many forms were his particular passion, although critters of many types resided there.
Tom is survived by his wife: Marcia, three sons: Roger (Dawn Holic) Krahl, Doug (Kathy Urban) Krahl, and Eric Krahl; four grandchildren: Preston, Brooklyn, Madison, and Aubrey, all residing in Illinois; three sisters: Colleen Smith, Eris Knakmuhs, Jewel Bordner; and many nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a sister: Carol Murray.
There will be a celebration of life held at the Wild Rose Hotel from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Tom’s name is being established at Farmers State Bank in Wild Rose. The Holly Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.hollyfuneralhome.com.