His love growing up was being around the equipment and concrete work that was his fathers and later his brothers, Krutsinger Construction Co. He became an expert at running a backhoe and his creative talents were put to use by many people in the community. Being a perfectionist, he was always striving to please everyone.
His schooling took him to Milford Southeast Technical College and later to Goodland, Kan., where he graduated from Northwest Kansas Vo-Tech in auto body, his lifetime love.
Ronda Jean Jones became his bride on Jan. 22, 1994. They became the parents of three beautiful children, Kameron Louis, 7; Adalene Elizabeth, 3; and Keegan Lee, 14 months. Every man who has children becomes a father, but not all are a loving daddy. He delighted hosting the annual Father's Day fishing trip with his father-in-law, son, and this past year, his niece, Lexis Jones.
Krutsinger Construction was a large part of his life. He was an active Jaycee working on many projects. Golfing, hunting, fishing with his son, and wrestling with his children gave him great joy in his free time. Watching Husker football was a favorite pastime in the fall -- he loved the Big Red.
Lannie could create or repair anything, which made him a treasure to many of the older generation. He was always ready and willing to help those in need and generously donated his time to family and friends. Lannie's mark can be viewed throughout the community. He was a devoted husband, improving the homes in which his family lived. Adalene always said when anything was broken, "Daddy fit it." He was so special to all of his brothers and sisters, especially with his being the baby of the family.
Lannie left this earth, and his beloved family and friends, on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman at the age of 39 years.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Louis and Doris (Wiggins) Krutsinger.
He is survived by his loving wife and adoring children; parents-in-law, Ron and Jean Marie Jones of Benkelman; brothers, Dennis Krutsinger and wife, LaRue of Imperial, Kerry Krutsinger and wife, Cindy of Stratton, Bob Krutsinger and wife, Joan of Benkelman; sisters, Terril Conery and husband, Dan of Tennessee, Darlla Kerchal and husband, Rod of Benkelman,; grandmother, Velma Jones also of Benkelman; 13 nieces and nephews, Deidra Fields and husband, Kevin of Seward, Mike Knoles of Houston, Texas, Kriss Krutsinger and wife, Lisa of Kimball, Brad Krutsinger and wife, Susan of Peyton, Colo., Renae Rivera and husband, Rudy of Houston, Texas, Kassi Strawn and husband, Matt of Hobbs, N.M., Karra Meeske and husband, Karl of Champion, Molly Horner and husband, Trevor of Benkelman, Tyler Schneider and wife, Megan of Denver, Colo., Toby Schneider of Kearney, Katie Krutsinger and fiancee, Randy Partch of McCook, Jesse Schneider and Jodi Parman of Benkelman, Lexis Jones of McCook; and numerous other relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Norman Prather and Rev. Matthew Price officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.