In Memory of Karen Kay Krayenhagen

Karen  Kay Krayenhagen
Karen Kay Krayenhagen
Born: June 7, 1939
Died: August 24, 2017
Age: 78
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Karen Kay Krayenhagen
June 7, 1939 - August 24, 2017
From: Battle Creek, IA

Karen Kay Krayenhagen, age 78, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 28, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Karen Kay Krayenhagen, the daughter of Milton and LaVon (Klocke) Winters, was born on June 7, 1939, in Carroll County, Iowa. She grew up in Schleswig, Iowa, attending the Schleswig public schools, graduating with the class of 1957. After high school, she attended a community college.

While attending the Schleswig Jr.-Sr. prom, she met the man whom she would eventually marry. On July 30, 1956, Karen married Kenneth Krayenhagen in Elk Point, SD. To this union, they were blessed with five sons Jeffrey, Gregory, Gerry, Michael and Jon. The family lived in the Odebolt, Denison and Ida Grove areas before finally settling in Battle Creek, Iowa. Her husband Kenneth passed away in 1994.

Karen was first and foremost a devoted mother and homemaker. She worked for Dr. Dressler, the Ida Grove Hospital and Home Health in Crawford County. She also worked as a receptionist at the Christensen Funeral Home in Battle Creek and her last employment was as a restaurant hostess in Ida Grove.

Karen was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek, Iowa. She served as a church Elder, was Sunday School superintendent, taught Bible School, was president of the Presbyterian Women and sang in the choir. She also volunteered to prepare Lions Club meals and worked the Harvest Dinner every November.

Karen was active in her community as well. She was a member of the Battle Creek Medical Services Auxiliary as well as a past officer. She served as a past president of the Battle Creek Women’s Club and participated in the card marathon every year.

Karen enjoyed square dancing and in 1986, the square dancing group she was a part of performed at the half time of a bicycling tournament that was featured on PBS.  She loved playing cards with her card club friends, especially pinochle. She also enjoyed cooking and baking.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Jeffrey Krayenhagen of Frederick, Maryland, Gerry Krayenhagen of Plano, Texas, Michael Krayenhagen of Bonham, Texas and Jon Krayenhagen of Tecumseh, Nebraska; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother Gary (Delores) Winters of Lansing, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents Milton and LaVon Winters; her husband Kenneth Krayenhagen; and son Gregory Krayenhagen.



11:00 a.m., Tuesday
August 29, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Steven Krayenhagen
Tyler Krayenhagen
Tom Cooper
Kevin Mefferd
Brian Mefferd
Spencer Hasbrouck


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 28, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Mary Jo Watson, Pianist

"I Want Jesus To Walk With Me"
"Abide With Me"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM
“Sorry to hear about Karen... Never was a friendlier person... and Battle Creek was lucky to have her as a citizen because of all the groups and organizations she took part in... May she RIP She's now with her buddy... Marilynn. ”
- Mareta Vermeys
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:47 AM
“Dear Family, I was so grateful to have known your mom, & when my grandmother, Marilyn Nailor, went to Good Samaritan Home, she was such a help as they were both in the same room. Grandma also played cards in the same clubs, as she enjoyed a good game of cards.
My deepest sympathy to you all.”
- Christian Corbin
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:47 AM
My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you come together, in person and in spirit, to begin to say goodbye to your mom.
In love and light, Kathy”
- Kathy Butler
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