James J. Krenek James J. Krenek was born in Milwaukee, WI November 29, 1942. He received a B.S. in Agriculture and Biological Science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and taught high school science and vocational agriculture. In 1973 he was appointed Michigan State University Extension Director for Baraga County. Following his retirement in 1996, he served as Upper Peninsula Program Director for the Council of Michigan Foundations and as a grantwriter at Finlandia University in Hancock, MI. He moved to Lansing in 2003 and became a consultant for Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) at MSU. Jim was a volunteer and board member for many charitable organizations. In Lansing he served with the American Red Cross and Mid-Michigan Food Bank. He traveled to Costa Rica, Belize, and Armenia engaging in international agricultural development. At the time of his death he was a member of the U.P. State Fair Authority, and was a consultant for US Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant applicants. Jim was faculty emeritus of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Jim loved to teach and considered it his mission in life. He was always ready to answer questions and lend a helping hand to anyone who asked. He enjoyed reading, farming, fishing, hunting, photography and was especially at peace outdoors in nature. He was a man of prayer and found great joy spending time with his family and loved ones. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by sons John (Jeanne), David (Charla), Steven (Veronica), seven grandchildren, sister Eileen Medrow, and former spouses Michelle Brychta, and Beth Krenek of Lansing. Services are Friday, June 14, 2013, Reid Funeral Home, L'Anse, MI. Memorials may be directed to American Red Cross of Lansing or St. Vincent DePaul, L'Anse, MI. Mr. Krenek's complete obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.rfsc.net
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Published in Lansing State Journal on June 13, 2013