Emil J. Krahn, 84, of Morton, IL. passed away at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
He was born January 18, 1929 in Langdon, ND to Jacob and Mary (Spenst) Krahn. He married Ruby Pauls on August 10, 1950 in Dallas, OR.
Surviving are his wife Ruby, of Morton; his children, Timothy (Marcia) Krahn of Morton, Carolyn (Kirby) Baltzer of Freeman, SD, Roland (Cheri) Krahn of Albuquerque, NM, Sheryl (Steven) Klassen of Morton and Jean (Steve) Sivadge of Omaha, NE; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ben (Lavina) Krahn of Newton, KS.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Emil served as a pastor from 1952 to 1959 in Avon, SD, 1960 to 1968 in Delft, MN, 1969 to 1973 in Lynden, WA, 1973 to 1981, and at Groveland Evangelical Mennonite Church, Groveland, IL. From 1985 until his retirement in 1994 he served at Avant Ministries, formerly Gospel Missionary Union, in Kansas City, MO. as the director of the mission guest house. After retirement he continued to minister whenever opportunity arose.