Darwin G. Kreun was born on May 18, 1928 to John and
Johanna (Muilenburg) Kreun on the family farm east of Leota, Minnesota. He was raised and attended country school in the Leota and Edgerton area, and later earned his GED through the Edgerton Public School. Darwin worked for a short time at the Edgerton Creamery before serving in the U.S. Army in the U.S. and Korea during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Edgerton and was united in marriage to Marlene DeBoer on June 16, 1955. Darwin was an active member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church where he served on the council. In 1954, he founded a Standard Oil service station in Edgerton. Darwin went on to become the owner and operator of Kreun Oil, a Conoco fuel business, for approximately 20 years until his retirement. In March of 2017, Darwin relocated to the Minnesota Veteran’s Home in Luverne, MN, where he participated in many activities and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Darwin and Marlene enjoyed traveling the country in their GMC motor home and he loved working on his vehicles. He participated in many civic and church organizations and served on many boards. He volunteered as an EMT on the Edgerton Ambulance Association. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events and games.
On Sunday, February 11, 2018, he passed away at the Sanford USD Medical Center at the age of 89 years, 9 months, and 3 days.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene of Edgerton; children, Tamara Kincaid of Sioux Falls and Stewart and his wife, Mary of Edgerton; grandchildren, Jacob and Joshua Kreun; sister, Erma Pool of
Storm Lake, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Darwin was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings: Nelson Kreun, Lawrence Kreun, Esther VanHulzen, Leroy Kreun, Margaret Beukelman, Geraldine DenOuden, and Arnold Kreun; and son-in-law, Mark Kincaid.