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Jack Dean Krusenstjerna

March 16, 1920 - August 20, 2019
From: Spirit Lake, IA
Jack  Dean Krusenstjerna

Jack Dean Krusenstjerna

Born: March 16, 1920
Died: August 20, 2019
Age: 99

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     Jack Dean Krusenstjerna the son of Russell and Bertha (Clampitt) Krusenstjerna, was born on March 16, 1920 in Battle Creek, Iowa. Jack grew up in Odebolt and attended school there until 1936 when the family moved to Sioux City, IA, where he attended Central High School. They then moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where he graduated from Washington High School.

     Jack served his country and entered into the U.S. Army in September of 1941. He served with the 337 Battalion as an engineer and bandsman in Africa, Sicily, Anzio, France and Germany. In his service he received 5 Campaign Ribbons, the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in direct support of combat operations. He was honorably discharged in September of 1946.

When Jack returned from the war, he attended Morningside College, where he met Phyllis J. Snyder. They were married on June 8th 1947 in Storm Lake, IA by her father Rev. James T. Snyder. Jack graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1950.

     Jack spent many years in sales work with Bankers Life Company (now Principal Financial) and went on to own K Services, his own Real Estate and Insurance Company in Spencer, IA. He and Phyllis raised their family and was an active member of the Grace United Methodist and the community. During these years Jack continued his love for music as a professional arranger, conductor and Trumpeter. He formed his own K -Orchestra of which he arranged numerous back-up music for well-known entertainers on tour, to playing with numerous well-known dance bands throughout the Midwest.

     Jack and Phyllis moved to Odebolt, IA in 1990 where he continued his professional music work until 1997.

     Jack and Phyllis wintered many years in Arizona area where they eventually moved permanently to Sun City, AZ. He was an active member of the Congregational Church and a member of many Sun City bands where he continued to play his trumpet and do arrangement work.

     In August of 2018 Jack and Phyllis moved to Keelson Harbour assisted living in Spirit Lake, IA, to enjoy being closer to family. He enjoyed playing cribbage, bingo and doing word searches and crosswords.

     Jack passed away on Tuesday, August 20th 2019, at the age of 99. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Barbara and one sister, Dorothy Benson.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 72 years Phyllis, his daughters: Christine White and her husband, David of Wetumpka, AL, Susan Brennen and her husband, Billy of Spencer, IA and Mary Monthei and her husband, Kelly of Worthington, MN; his grandchildren: Jean Monthei of Mankato, MN, Kristen (Monthei) Bryant and her husband, Joshua of Mankato, MN, Matthew, Amanda, and Jackson Durst of Spencer, IA; his great grandchildren: Jacob Bryant, Eva Kruger and Jack Bryant all of Mankato, MN; other relatives and friends.

Private Services will be held at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has ben established in his name.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Music Selections

"In The Garden"
"Amazing Grace"
Officiating - Pastor Jeff Hansen
Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 8:54 PM
“Dear Phyllis, Christine, Susan, Mary and Family. We are sorry for your loss of Jack. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jack sold us our home and was always a friend. Take care and may God Bless you all. Mike and Mary Monroe”
- Mike and Mary Monroe
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:25 AM
“Are thoughts are with you. All the members of Wheeler Lodge no. 398 Odebolt”
- Bill Carlson
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:25 AM
“Sue, Mary and family. So sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers and peace to all of you. ”
- Linda Schurman
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:25 AM
“Our families’ heartfelt condolences go out to the family and especially to Phyllis. ”
- Carol Raasch
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 8:25 AM
“Phyllis, We send our condolences, prayers and love to you and your family. Jack surly lived a good and a long life, but you never want to lose a loved one. Just know we are thinking of you at this sad time. Sure miss you both in the Church choir. Doris & Leon ”
- Doris & Leon Loupee
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 12:52 PM
“Great neighbors! We used to love to listen to him practice his trumpet through the open windows! Blessings to Jack’s family, especially Phyllis. ”
- Brian and Linda Johnson
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:28 PM
“My heartfelt condolences to the Krusenstjerna Family. This man had one heck of a run it appears, I hope you are able to find solace in that at this difficult time.

R.I.P. Jack K. ( had to go with the abbreviation to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome - Ha!)

Take Care All”
- Tony Lowe
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“We are sending you our love from Alabama. Our deepest sympathy & Love! Sincerely,
Dr. Leigh Anne Nevins & Staff”
- Leigh Anne Nevins
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“Sue an family sorry to hear about your dads passing.Never easy to lose our parents Hugs to all of you ”
- Brad an Beth Blair
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss, Heaven has gained another Angel and he now walks the streets of Gold. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Robin ( Dr. Nevins office ) ”
- Robin Groome
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of your dad Mary & Sue , Hr had such a full and active life for many years. Service to country & his love of music & fellowship are traits that are few & far between. I can’t imagine the how hard this must be for your mom. I’ll hold you in my thoughts and hope that your faith & memories bring each of you comfort during this difficult time. ”
- Joan DeBoer Barron
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8:07 AM
“Sue, Mary, and Family,
I'm sorry to hear of your Father's passing. My thoughts and prayers to you all in this difficult time. God Bless You All ~Z and the Zittritsch clan. ”
- Steve 'Z-Man' Zittritsch
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 3:20 PM
“Phyllis, Christine, Mary and Susan
I extend to you my deepest sympathy for your loss.
I have such fond memories of your mom and dad
and especially his musical talents. May you find
peace and comfort in your memories and in each
other in the days ahead.”
- Mari Lu Larson
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