Don Krcilek, 1936-2021


Don Krcilek, 84, of Loveland, Colo., and formerly of La Porte, Ind., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

He was born April 7, 1936, in La Porte to Gerald and Jenny (Mannia) Krcilek.

Don retired from Howmet after 28 years. He also sold real estate at K&K Real Estate and was known as Mr. Real Estate. He was a member of La Porte Realty and Happy Hearts Clowns, and he played Santa Claus for many years.

On June 30, 1956, Don married Doris Grinstead, who preceded him in death. On July 24, 1999, he married Mary Berry, who also preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his parents and a brother, Michael Krcilek.

Don leaves behind three daughters, Jill Krcilek of Loveland, Beth (Randy) Gourley of La Porte and Kathee Krcilek of La Porte; a son, Tim (Shelley) Krcilek of Lafayette, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Levendowski of La Porte and Shirley Pietraszewski; a brother, Gerald Krcilek of La Porte; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, La Porte. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the funeral home, where visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the service. Pastor Bob Vale will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery, La Porte.

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5 Responses to “Don Krcilek, 1936-2021”

  1. Ken Buckmaster

    Jan 18. 2021

    Tim and girls. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was a good man and will be missed. My condolences to you all. BUCK

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  2. Faith Miller

    Jan 19. 2021

    So sorry for your loss. WE rented from Don many years ago. He was an awesome man.

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  3. Charlie Maslankowski

    Jan 19. 2021

    My sincerest condolences to Don’s family and friends. This photo is the man I remember from the good old days of Austenal / Howmet Laporte. I never saw him without it and he made any bad day you were having much better! RIP Sir.

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  4. Jack Quartuccio

    Jan 19. 2021

    My sympathies to the family. I met Don at Austenal in 1973 and again, some years later at Recticel where he worked for a short time before going back to Austenal. He always had a kind word or a joke for you along with that big smile. He was a very nice guy. God Bless

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  5. James C Lofton

    Jan 19. 2021

    Dear family, I am sorry for your loss, your dad was one of my oldest

    and best friend. He and DOORI went to school with me, and worked at

    Austenal together. I did not know he lived in Loveland, co., which is

    about 10 miles of Ft. Collins, Co. I miss his jokes and most of all, I

    miss his BIG SMILE. Don, save me a seat!


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