KREKEL Captain Lyman Edward Krekel, Captain USN (retired), beloved husband of Kathleen M. Monahan, passed away February 8, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Captain Krekel was born in Burlington, Iowa on 27 December 1934 and was a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Philosophy. His graduate education was at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research. Captain Krekel was a career Naval Surface Warfare Officer who served in a number of ships over his 24 year career. His sea duty included command of two ships, U.S.S. Force (MSO-460) and U.S.S. Manley (DD-940). He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was decorated with the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and numerous other personal, campaign and unit awards. Captain Krekel served in the Pentagon under two Chiefs of Naval Operations. The highlight of this tour was duty in the Office of Systems Analysis, where he established his reputation as a gifted analyst, thinker and writer, receiving much praise from his Seniors for his insightful and important staff work. Captain Krekel settled in the Washington D.C. area in 1976. After retirement his time was spent between McLean, Virginia and Islamorada in the Florida Keys. In 2012, he and his wife Kathleen moved to Islamorada permanently. In his retirement, he enjoyed fine wines, tending to the orchids in his garden and traveling internationally with his wife. Captain Krekel was a true leader of superior intellect and a gentleman of the finest sort. It is testament of his guidance and mentorship that several of his subordinates went on to achieve Flag Rank in the Navy. Much loved by his family and friends, he will be sorely missed. Captain Krekel was preceded in death by his daughter, Melanie Krekel. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Monahan of Islamorada, a daughter, Mary Ellen Holt of Winston Salem North Carolina, a stepson, Edward H. Barker IV of Arlington, Virginia, a stepdaughter, Christian M. Eldringhoff of Kingwood, Texas, their respective spouses and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on 8 March 2014 at 1:00 P.M., Matecumbe United Methodist Church, 81831 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, Florida 33036. Final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, details will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Lyman Krekel, Mariners Hospital Foundation, 91500 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070.
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Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on Feb. 28, 2014