John F. Krbec, 76, of Republic, entered eternal life Thursday afternoon, April 23, 2009, at Marquette General Hospital in the loving care of his family. He was born May 25, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Anna (Mann) Krbec.
John was raised in Northlake, Ill., and graduated from the Leyden Township School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1951, serving with the 5th Regiment Combat Team during the Korean Conflict.
Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Illinois, where on Nov. 29, 1959, he married the former Pamela M. Coan in Westchester. The couple spent their honeymoon deer hunting. John and Pam resided in Elburn for a time, raising their son, Scott.
For over 30 years, John was employed as a supervisor with Illinois Bell Telephone, retiring in 1989.
In the early ’50s, John began making trips to the Upper Peninsula, Mich., to deer hunt. He fell in love with the natural beauty and solitude of the region and, in 1990, John and Pam moved to Republic.
A talented watercolorist for more than 28 years, John found the beauty of the Upper Peninsula offered a wealth of inspiration for his creative talent. He exhibited frequently, was a member of the Lake Superior Art Association, and for many years, featured his work at Art on the Rocks. He was also a competitive archer, developing his skill while in service, and was an original member of the Chicago Bow Hunter’s Association. His other passion was antique tractors, and he was a member of the Northwoods Antique Tractor Club.
John is survived by his loving wife, Pam; son, Scott (Laura) Krbec of San Antonio, Texas; his grandchildren, Aidan, Mackenzie, and Brigid Krbec of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, James (Jean) Krbec of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jerry (Bonnie) Krbec of Toledo, Ohio; several nephews, his canine springers, Abby and Wendy; feline companion, Keri; and old pals, Big Red, Red Baron, Snoopy and Little Orange Peel that were the core of his tractor passion. John was preceded in death by his parents.
The family received relatives and friends at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. A Service of Remembrance followed at 4 p.m. with Rev. William Payne, family friend and neighbor, officiating. Internment will be in a national cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the Marquette County Humane Society, 84 Snowfield Road, Negaunee, MI 49866.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderswanson.com.