Maurice Christian Krichau
Maurice C. Krichau, the son of James and Anna Rhode Krichau, was born June 22, 1900 at Litchfield, Nebraska. He departed this life on Saturday, March 15, 1986 at the Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska, at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 23 days.
In 1905, Maurice moved with his family to Hazard, Nebraska, where he grew up and received his education.
On February 14, 1921, he was united in marriage with Ruby Hazel Reiter at Grand Island, Nebraska. They made their home on a farm near Hazard until 1935, when they moved to the Bladen community to farm. Maurice retired from the farm in 1975 and in 1979, he and Ruby moved to Hastings to make their home.
Maurice and Ruby were privileged to celebrate both their Fiftieth and Sixty-fifth Anniversaries with their family and friends.
Maurice always enjoyed his farmwork and working with the livestock. In his retirement years, he relaxed by working in his yard and growing many different types of flowers. His greatest love in life was for his family. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Pete, Art, Hans and an infant brother; and his son-in-law, Norman Karr.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of sixty-five years, Ruby; one daughter, Regina Karr, of Blue Hill; a son, Russell Krichau, and wife, Delores, of Bladen; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ed Krichau of Ravenna, Nebraska, and Elmer and wife, Marie, of Pleasantville, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Christina Lovett, of Mason City, Nebraska; other relatives and his many friends. Maurice will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
The funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 1986 from the United Methodist Church in Bladen with the Reverend Lyle Linder officiating. Music was provided by Hubert Payne, vocalist, and Marybelle Bird, organist. The casket bearers were Jim Krichau, Alvie Lovett, Palmer Krichau, Bert Krichau, Ronnie Lovett and Loren Krichau. Interment was in the East Lawn Cemetery in Bladen with the Simonson-Williams Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
This is Maurice and Ruby’s Marriage License and Certificate of Marriage, dated February 14, 1921.
At this time Maurice was still using his legal birth name of Christian, and notice that Ruby spelled her maiden name “Rieter” as opposed to “Reiter”.