Richard Krelle remembered

RICHARD John Krelle was born on the 2nd of February 1947 in Warrnambool Base Hospital.

Richard was baptised at the Ayrford Primary School by Pastor Ted Weibusch.

Richard was the second child of Edward Carl (Charlie) Krelle and his wife Esther Margaret Marie (Essie) nee Darsow, arriving just 12 and a half months after his sister Jennifer.

Five years on Krelle welcomed another sister Marion, and then 16 months after a third sister Diane was born.

Richard spent the first eight years of his life on a dairy farm at Curdie Vale, near Timboon in southwestern Victoria.

Working on the dairy farm in the years after the war was a time of scarcity and hard work, but brought childhood delight for the Krelle family.

Richard’s school years began when he was five, where he studied at Timboon Consolidated School.

Occasional visits from family members from the Wimmera were highlights of that time.

In 1995, the family returned to Minyip.

For the next six years the family lived in Minyip, before moving out to the Krelle family farm in 1961.

Richard attended Minyip Primary School, followed by Warracknabeal High School.

After completing school, Richard joined his father working as a wheat farmer on the Krelle farm.

Richard’s social life centred around the local Luther League and the varied range of activities that were constantly happening.

On November 15 1969, when Richard was 22, he married Marlene Gellert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Tabor.

Their first home was in Minyip, however after the passing of Perce Krause, they bought the Krause farm, and moved into the homestead across the road from Richard’s parents.

After a few years of marriage, Richard and Marlene were excited to learn that twins were on the way.

However in a extra shock, the day before the twins were born they learned they were going to have four babies, much to the delight of the couple.

Alexandra, Raphael, Lydia and Renate were born prematurely on December 14 1976.

The babies spent the first three month of their lives in hospital in Melbourne.

After returning to the farm, life settled into a busier version of their previous farm life.

Richard and Marlene welcomed Catriona in 1979, adding a fifth to the clan.

The five children attended Murtoa Lutheran School.

Richard and Marlene then welcomed another  child, Petrina, who was born in 1987.

Richard was a life long tyre kicker and was happy to talk about cars and machinery to anyone, at any time.

Richard enjoyed visiting the field days, for both the machinery and the chance to catch up with people from all over the place.

Richard was a hard working, competent and intelligent farmer who garnered respect from his peers.

A huge change in his life occured in 1988, when Marlene made the decision to move the family to Melbourne so the children could attend secondary school at a Luther College.

A lot of commuting then occurred.

During these years, he was delighted to see his family grow up, pursue their studies and their careers, get married and make him a grandfather for the first time in 2004 when Julius was born to his son, Raphael and wife Maria.

Unfortunately after many years of this demanding life, Richard and Marlene divorced.

However family connections still ran deep, with Richard spending many Melbourne weekends with Jennifer and her husband Rod (Tom) Harris.

Richard was a truck driver alongside his family farming job, taking big interstate trips giving him the opportunity to meet and catch up with people all over the state.

Richard had a vast knowledge of his family history, his ancestors and cousins.

Richard was very proud of his German Lutheran heritage.

He enjoyed conversations with local people over a beer or two at the pub and took a keen interest in other people and their families.

He was enmeshed in his community and spoke highly of the people of the Wimmera and of Minyip.

One highlight that Minyip offered in recent years was the meetings of The Minyip Philosophical Society under the leadership of Homer Reith.

From these discussions Richard said he gained the confidence in speaking his mind about all manners of things philosophical or religious.

In more recent years Richard was blessed with the arrival of seven more grandchildren.

Raphael and Maria made Julius a big brother when they added twins, Luca and Allegra, to their Bendigo family.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, Lydia and her husband, Edward Upjohn became the parents of three daughters, Claire, Sophie and Georgia.

And over in the UK, Renate and her husband Tim O’Neill became parents to two boys, Max and William.

In April this year, Richard was delighted to give away his youngest daughter, Petrina, in marriage to Lukas Schollbauer.

In Bendigo, on January 24 2015, Richard married Anne Aston and they made Minyip their home.

They travelled together frequently, both overseas and interstate.

Richard greatly enjoyed visiting Europe and immersing himself in European culture.

The ‘John Deere’ trips to the US, Canada and Europe were extra special because they combined a lot of travel and of farming machinery.  

Their ‘second home’ was in Kew, with Diane and brother in-law Mike Lauer, who have shared countless hours with them over meals and in conversation.

The wonderful Bach Cantata services at St John’s Lutheran church, Southgate, were a source of great joy for Richard and he attended whenever he could.

 The family was deeply saddened to learn in March that cancer had taken a grip of Richard.

Having seven months to adjust to his terminal illness.

The family have been wonderfully loving and supportive.

Richard was undemonstrative in his affection, but he loved his family deeply and was very proud of them all.

The family now knows he is now in a place of rest and peace.