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In Memory of

Lawrence Jack Krening

October 6, 1933 - December 30, 2017

Obituary


Lawrence "Larry" Krening passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the age of 84. Larry was born in Fort Morgan, CO on October 6, 1933 to Jacob and Lillian (Priggee) Krening, and moved to Portland, OR in 1938. Soon after, he was followed by brothers Don, Bob, Jack and Bill. Larry loved to tell stories of growing up in NE Portland, first on Vancouver Avenue and later in Parkrose, where the family moved to in 1946.
Larry joined the Army National Guard as a 15-year-old, and when he graduated from Parkrose High School in 1951,...

Lawrence "Larry" Krening passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the age of 84. Larry was born in Fort Morgan, CO on October 6, 1933 to Jacob and Lillian (Priggee) Krening, and moved to Portland, OR in 1938. Soon after, he was followed by brothers Don, Bob, Jack and Bill. Larry loved to tell stories of growing up in NE Portland, first on Vancouver Avenue and later in Parkrose, where the family moved to in 1946.
Larry joined the Army National Guard as a 15-year-old, and when he graduated from Parkrose High School in 1951, he immediately enlisted in the US Air Force. During his 20 years of service to our country, Larry served in Vietnam. He also had the opportunity to travel the world spending time stationed in France, Japan and the Philippines. After retiring from the USAF in 1971, Larry spent 24 years working in the elevator trade.
In 1967, he married Jeannette "Jean" Kautz. In 1968, Larry's son Mark was born, followed shortly thereafter by his daughter Michelle in 1971.
It was always clear that the most important thing in Larry's life was never himself, but rather his family. When Larry divorced Jean in 1981, he focused all his energy into the love and devotion he had for Mark and Michelle. Nothing was more important to him than the well-being of his children. Of all of the wonderful traits that defined Larry, the most impressive was what an incredible father he was.
Baseball was Larry's passion, and when Mark began playing organized baseball, Larry began coaching. A simple and humble man, "Coach Krening" did not fully grasp the tremendous impact that this would end up having on not only his son, but also the countless other boys and young men he mentored during his time coaching baseball in Parkrose, which spanned over 10 years from Little League through high school.
When Larry retired in 1995, he began another significant chapter in his life; he became a grandfather to Sage and Jada Krening. Grandpa Krening spent as much time as possible with his two grandchildren. Their adventures included walks along the Columbia River, trips to the zoo and OMSI, picnics at Blue Lake Park and trips to the top of Rocky Butte to enjoy the scenic views of Portland, to name only a few. When Sage and Jada started playing sports, once again, Larry was there to cheer them both on. He was their biggest fan, attending every local game.
Larry died on December 30 after a short but fierce battle with cancer. When his soul went to Heaven that night, he was surrounded by his family and his beloved dog who was resting somberly on his lap, guarding over his safe passage.
He is survived by his children, Mark Krening (wife Jeannie) and Michelle Driggs (husband Scott Driggs), and by his grandchildren Sage Krening (age 22) and Jada Krening (age 20).
There are so many things that we will miss about this man: His love. His generosity. His sense of humor (and best laugh ever). His selflessness. His devotion to his family. His character. HIM!
He was absolutely one of a kind.