BiographyLee Francis Krautkremer, age 79, of Brainerd died Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Baxter. He was born August 23, 1933 in Jordan, MN to Frank & Vivian Krautkremer. In 1951, Lee graduated from St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, MN and was an Army veteran serving during the Korean conflict. Lee married Carolyn Anderson October 13, 1956 and together they raised 5 boys. In 1989, Lee married Gerry Brakke.
Lee spent many years as the president of Brainerd National Bank before changing careers to several marketing positions for various retirement communities around the country finally retiring from Madonna Towers in Rochester, MN in 2006. His other accomplishments included being original co-developer of the Nisswa Square and along with his wife Gerry owned the Magic Skillet restaurant in Brainerd.
Lee believed in and actively participated in many Brainerd Lakes area organizations including serving as head of the Central Minnesota Boy Scout Council, Rotary, Masons, Chamber of Commerce, and Jaycees.
He is survived by his wife Gerry; sons, Mark (Ruth) Krautkremer, Scott (Gail) Krautkremer, Todd (Carol) Krautkremer, Jay (Nancy) Krautkremer, Ross (Debbie) Krautkremer; step-children Laurie (Bob) Hartman, George McDonald, Lisa Shattuck, John McDonald, Lezley O'Brien, LeAnn McDonald; 33 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carolyn.
Lee loved going to the movies and traveling. He will be deeply missed by his family who enjoyed his sense of humor and loved to laugh with him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Daniel Weiske officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred.