Art Kriens, 86, of Sioux Falls, died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
Arthur Kriens Jr., son of Arthur Kriens Sr. and Beulah (Bowden) Kriens, was born June 8, 1927 in Clark County, SD. He attended Hartford High School. Art enlisted into the US Marine Corps
in May of 1945 where he served in WWII
until 1946. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Sioux Falls, and then attended Nettleton College.
Art was united in marriage with Beverly Jean Oaks on February 22, 1948, in Sioux Falls, SD. They farmed in the Hartford area for a couple years. Art joined his dad as a house builder. In the early 1950's Art and Bev founded Kriens Construction Co. that they owned and operated for many years.
In 1979, Art discovered the wonders and beauty of God's creation by purchasing a BMW motorcycle. In 25 years of riding he traveled over 200,000 miles.
Art received his High School Diploma from West Central High School. Through a program with the State of South Dakota, he received credit for his service in World War II, which earned him his high school diploma. This gave him the opportunity to walk across the stage with the other High School graduates in 2009. It was a proud moment for Art.
He was a longtime member of 1st United Methodist Church. Art was very active in the Masonic family for many years serving in many organizations and committees. He was a 50 year member of Minnehaha Lodge #5 AF&AM where he served as Worshipful Master, he was a 33° Mason in the Scottish Rite Bodies where he served as the Venerable Master of the Sioux Falls Valley, El Riad Shrine where he served as Potentate in 1977 and President of the Midwest Shrine Association in 1987. Art was a longtime member of the Home Builders Association where he served as President, and a member of Sertoma.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 65 years, Bev Kriens, Sioux Falls, SD; one daughter, Ann Kriens Davis and her husband, Jim, Charlotte, NC; one son, Arthur Kriens III and his wife, Jackie, Sioux Falls, SD; one grandchild, PFC William Davis, Camp Lejeune, NC; and one sister, Lois Shatter, Sioux Falls, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Delores Herndon and Lorraine Shatter.
Memorial services will begin 11:00 am Friday at First United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, with a Masonic Service beginning at 7:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.