SGM Harold 'Hal' Kreps, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday evening, May 15, 2023.
Harold Dean Kreps was born the youngest of three children to Reiner and Clara Kreps in Greeley, Colorado on July 4, 1938. In 1942, his family moved to Nampa, Idaho. A 1956 College High graduate, he married his high school sweetheart, Dona Rundle, on August 9, 1957. Into this marriage they welcomed two daughters, Tonya and DeAnn.
As a young man, Harold enlisted in the US Army, a career he loved. It was his honor to serve in various assignments across the continental US, Hawaii, Vietnam and Germany over the course of 32 years, including an amazing eleven years at the rank of Sergeant Major. As an adult, Harold was known by his friends as Hal. Faith played a significant role in Hal’s life. After he accepted Jesus as his Savior on December 13, 1964, Hal served joyfully and continuously as a layman in the Church of the Nazarene. In 1989, Hal retired from the US Army.
Excited to get to spend more time with their grandchildren, Hal and Dona made the decision to move back to Idaho. Hal started a new journey and second career with Boise State University as a system administrator for the Albertsons Library. Although he was only there for 15 years before retiring for a second time, he became a Bronco for life. Hal wholeheartedly loved Dona and when she required formal nursing care, Hal devotedly spent every afternoon with her for nine years until her death.
Hal loved adventure, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles with family and friends, flying planes, traveling on quite a few Work & Witness trips and on excursions to many, many Boise State football games. Hal was blessed in his latest adventure to have found a kindred spirit and second love with Ruth Wine, whom he wooed with his smile and married on August 24, 2018. Ruth and Hal continued to enjoy traveling over the past few years. They vacationed in Hawaii, explored Branson in the Ozarks, and attended many Southern Gospel concerts.
Hal is survived by his wife, Ruth Wine and her son Mike (Nicole) Polisi, Hal’s daughters, Tonya (Don) Buie and DeAnn (Alan) Pack; grandchildren, Kathleen (Dusty) McGhehey, Diana (Jason) Buie-Tindall, Alexander Pack, Adam Pack and Eric Pack; great-grandchildren, Piper, Aden, Kaleb, Emma and Annalise; brother, Arvid (Pearl) Kreps, sister Eula (Jim) Dunn; along with numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dona Marie (Rundle) Kreps, father, Reiner Kreps, and mother, Clara Belle (Zupke) Kreps.
The family wishes to thank Grace Assisted Living and Memory Care in Caldwell for their skilled and compassionate care.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2023 at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries %Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene, 903 N. Michigan Ave., Caldwell, ID 83605 or https://www.canyonhill.org/give.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 5/26/2023 at 10:55 AM, Mountain Standard Time.
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