Amelia “Millie” Krenning


(Dec. 14, 2007)

Funeral services are Friday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cody for Amelia Krenning, who died Dec. 9 at home. She was 93.

Amelia loved travel, shopping trips to Billings with her girls, George Strait concerts, spending time with her family, and her dogs. She was an excellent cook, loved holidays and was known more than 40 years for her elaborate holiday decorations.

Amelia was born Feb, 22, 1914, in Loveland, Colo., to Pete and Mary Weber. She had five brothers and one sister and attended school in Johnstown, Colo.

The family moved to Loveland, Colo., where she met and later married Carl Krenning.

In 1933, Carl and Amelia moved to Worland, where they farmed 20 years. They then moved to Burlington, where they made their home for six more years.

Later, Carl and Amelia drove from Burlington to Meeteetse to look for work, planning to stop at Pitchfork Ranch. However, they had a flat tire. A man who stopped to assist them said Paul Stock in Cody was looking for a good farmer.

Carl and Amelia found Stock. Carl told Stock he only had 13 children instead of the actual 19 because he feared Stock might not offer him work, having so many children.

Carl and Amelia lived on Stock’s farm (The Krenning Place) until Carl’s death in 1963. They were married 32 years.

After Carl’s death, Amelia was mother and father to 13 of their 19 children.

Other than her parents and husband, Amelia was preceeded in death by sons, Terry and Mike; brothers, George, Louie, Sam, Henry and Jake; and a sister, Pauline Ross.

Survivors include 17 children, Betty Singley of Little Rock, Ark., Shirley (Wayne) Hodson of Cody, Mary Jane (Tom) Saunders of Akron, Ohio, Jerry (Kathy) Krenning of Fromberg, Mont., Pat Krenning of Cody, Sandie (Casey) Jones of Cody, Vickie (Bud) Ross of Thermopolis, Carl (Sandie) Krenning Jr. of Camrose, Alberta, Can., Karen Gimmeson of Great Falls, Mont., Ronnie (Mary Lee) Krenning of Blefry, Mont., Jack Krenning of Cody, Judie (Ed) Howe of Gillette, Sally Henderson of Cody, Steve (Joyce) Krenning of Cody, Debbie (Gene) Gibson of Bozeman, Mont., Doug Krenning of Cody, and Sheila (Randy) Wolf of Roy, Utah.

Amelia is also survived by 40 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Ballard Funeral Home. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested in Amelia’s name to benefit Spirit Mountain Hospice or the Trinity Lutheran Church Organ Fund, both in Cody.