Friday, July 30, 2010

SFC Louis B. Krenek, US Army, Retired

SFC Louis B. Krenek, US Army, Retired

Louis Krenek passed away at his home in Harker Heights, Texas on July 23, 2010 at the age of 82.

Louis proudly served his country in the United States Army and retired after many years of honorable service with the rank of Sergeant First Class.

A funeral Mass with Knights of Columbus honors was conducted on July 28 at St. Paul Chong Hasang Church in Harker Heights.  In attendance were Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to the church to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the Mass, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas for interment with full military honors.

Greeting the arriving procession were more Patriot Guard Riders, and fifty American flags lining the roadway at the committal shelter.

The flag draped casket was moved from the hearse into the shelter by a United States Army Honor Guard, and the Riders formed a line of flags around the shelter.

The Catholic Priest conducted the Commital Rite and led the gathering of family and friends in the attendant prayers.  A Knights of Columbus Honor Guard stood at attention alongside the casket.

The United States Army Honor Guard then afforded this veteran full military honors.  The rifle detail fired three volleys of fire, representing Duty, Honor and Country.  The Army bugler played taps, after which the American flag that was covering the casket was folded into the traditional triangle.  It was then presented to Louis’ dear wife, Patricia, on behalf of the United States Army and a grateful nation.

SFC Louis Krenek was then laid to rest on the upper plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half staff, in his honor, at the top of the hill.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, four children and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information.

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