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Russell G. Krall

Russell “Rusty” Krall died Tuesday evening, April 26, 2016, in his Estes Park home in Colorado following a brief illness. He was 88 years old.
Russell George Krall was born on Sept. 3, 1927, at the family farm home off Highway 1 in Johnson County. His parents were George and Julia (Fuhrmeister) Krall. After graduation from Iowa City High School, Rusty enlisted, at the age of 17, in the U.S. Navy toward the end of WWII.
Following the war, he returned to farming in Iowa City. He married the love of his life, Dolores “Dee” Miltner, on Oct. 20, 1948, at St. Mary Church in Solon. Rusty and Dolores were always known to be inseparable, hard workers, partners in life. They truly enjoyed life together as a couple. After many years of farming, Rusty went to work for Amoco Oil Company’s farm products division as a Territory Representative. Later, Rusty and Dolores formed Krall Oil Company in Iowa City, distributing commercial and agricultural oil products. Russ and Dee retired in the early 1980s and built a home in Estes Park, Colo., fulfilling a dream to have a home in the Colorado Rockies.
Rusty was a member of St. Mary Parish, in Solon, and Our Lady of the Mountains in Estes Park, Colo., where he greeted and ushered, along with Dolores, for 27 years. Rusty also volunteered for many years at the Estes Park Visitor Center. Since 1989, Russ and Dee spent their summers in Estes Park and their winters in Yuma, Ariz., gathering many lifelong friends along the way. Russell was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge in Yuma, and the American Legion Post in Solon. He was a past member of the Solon School Board, among many other community board positions held over the years.
People who were acquainted with Rusty knew him as a man who took a genuine interest in people, loved his family, enjoyed socializing, traveling and learning. He was a hard worker, clear thinker and a man with tremendous wit and humorous “Rusty-isms.” Rusty possessed a great inner-strength, faith– and rare common sense. He truly loved his life-partner Dolores, to whom he was married for 67 years, and always maintained a close relationship with his kids and grandkids. It was not uncommon for Russ to talk daily to each of his four kids.
Russell is survived by his wife Dolores (Miltner) Krall; son Tim Krall and his wife Annie of Estes Park, Colo.; daughter Laurie Siders and her husband, Tom, of Lakeville, Minn.; daughter, Julia Brierton of Monument, Colo.; and son, Max Krall and his wife, Debra of Yuma, Ariz. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Gerry (Jack) Lynch and Monie (Harold) Krall and Virginia (Max) Miltner. Russ has six grandchildren: Ben Siders, Kate Hewitt, Dan Krall, Abby Faucett, Lainey Brierton, and Michael Brierton – and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Lena Anderlik and Catherine Campion, and brother Harold Krall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Solon Volunteer Fire Department, 131 N. Iowa St., Solon, IA 52333. A visitation and “Celebration of Rusty’s Life” is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon. A noon lunch will follow at the Solon American Legion.