Edwin August Krekow II

edwin krekow

January 29, 1940 ~ March 18, 2022

Born in: Bancroft, Iowa
Resided in: Grand Prairie, Texas

Edwin(Ed) A. Krekow II was born January 29, 1940 in Bancroft, IA to Edwin August and Marie E. (Wyatt) Krekow.  He passed away March 18, 2022.  Ed grew up in a Christian home and always remembers having a personal relationship with Jesus.

Ed graduated from Ames High School, Ames, IA  in 1958.  He attended Iowa State University from 1958 to 1960 when he transferred to Drake University in Des Moines, IA graduating with a double major in Economics and Marketing in 1962.

In 1960 he married Barbara Janet Matthews.  They had three children: James, Katherine and Susan Krekow.

Ed joined IBM as a Systems Engineer in 1962.  In 1968 IBM transferred their family to Minneapolis, MN where he managed IBM’s Education Center and then was a Systems Engineer Manager until 1979.  He was the first manager to receive the distinguished outstanding Systems Engineer Manager award two consecutive years.

In 1979 Ed and Barb came to a crossroads in their life. After reading Matthew 28:18-20, which describes Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations”; they felt called by the Lord to join Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a world wide international interdenominational Christian organization.  During the next five years they worked for YWAM in both Hawaii and Canada.

After serving with YWAM, Ed attended Bethany Missionary School in Minneapolis, MN receiving a diploma in Theology and Missions.  Desiring more training he attended Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 1993.  While in Virginia Beach, he worked at the Naval base in Norfolk.  In 1998 Ed and Barb moved to Texas where Ed worked with Mobile Oil and Lockheed Martin.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Edwin August and Marie E. Krekow.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara, three children: James (Lea), Katherine, and Susan; two grandsons: Matthew and Jaden Krekow; a sister Mary Ellen Hlatko, several nieces & nephews, cousins and friends..

In lieu of flowers the family is encouraging people to send a donation to their favorite charity, mission or organization. Cards may be sent to: 2938 Cheshire Way, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Broadcast Date:

Wade Family Funeral Home Broadcast


Memorial Service: March 25, 2022 2:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


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  1. Barb,
    With blessed memories of many years of friendship as well as our deepest sympathy and continual prayers, our hearts are with you in this hour of grief. May God’s peace and the assuarance that Ed is HOME at last, sustain you and your family beyond all measure.

    With much, much love,
    John and Nancy

  2. The picture above accurately depicts our vision of Ed. Ed always had a smile and a gentle demeanor. Joan and I always looked forward to connecting with him and thoroughly enjoyed our times together. His love for the Lord was evident; it emanated through all he said and did.

  3. Dear Barb,
    I can never tell you how much it has meant to me to have had Ed as a friend and as a management mentor. I have used his advice and illustrations in colleges, Christian ministries, and while working for the Department of Homeland Security, to the benefit of many others. I have been influenced by his positive Christian reactions to personal injustices and count myself blessed by his commitments. I pray that the Lord will grant you his peace every day until we all meet together again face to face. Love and prayers.

  4. Barb and family.
    I have sweet memories of Ed. His smile and his and kind way. He had great “Sunday morning greeter” side hugs and he was an encourager. I can’t imagine the welcome he received in heaven. So many there to say “thank you for sharing Jesus with me”. He will be missed and you are in our hearts and prayers. Until we see him again standing at Jesus side.

  5. Barb, Jim, Kathy and Sue,
    I remember the many, many hours Ed spent with me to teach me how to program a new computer we received where I worked and then the evenings we spent designing our computer system. God sent him to me at a time of my need. This time together cemented our friendship and drew our families together. That led our families to many, many hours together at meals, painting the Krekow house in Bloomington and then being together on moves of the Krekow homestead to Virginia and Texas, plus other moving adventures. I am so glad that Ed’s passing is just a hiccup in time and we can look forward to eternal adventures doing the bidding of Jesus as we worship Him for all eternity. Lois and I will be eternally grateful for the love of your family and the many joys we are looking forward to in the future.

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