Ulric Krehbiel, age 98 passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014 in Bellevue, WA. He was born in Lind, WA on August 26, 1915 to the late Daniel and Mary Schrag Krehbiel and graduated from Lind High School. Soon after, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Watson and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He loved the land and spent his working career at Krehbiel Motor Service, the International Harvester, Chrysler Plymouth Dealership in Lind and then later as an irrigated farm owner in Warden, WA.
He was an avid fisherman in British Columbia and Washington State where he grew to appreciate the amazing waterfowl of the region. It was on our irrigated farm in the Columbia Basin that he truly was able to enjoy his interaction with “his ducks” who he found in the marshy irrigation run offs. In those wetlands he would plant grain that was not harvestable as food for his friends.
Years later he retired to Rivilla Lane, an idyllic spot on the Little Spokane River near Spokane. In the fall, a ton of corn was delivered and he spent his winters feeding many more of his friends, morning and night. The house which was filled with everything “duck;” quilts, throws, wooden carvings, photos and pictures. When the Audubon Society approached he and Beth to allow access to the few acres between the house and the river they jumped at the chance to help create a bird (and duck) sanctuary just across the foot bridge.
He is survived by his son Dan Krehbiel, daughter Gretchen Krehbiel Rillos, and grandson, Nicholas Krehbiel all residing in the Puget Sound area.
Dad, we hope that you are with your beloved wife, Beth, your dogs, Yasha, Lassie & Happy and are enjoying feeding your ducks and turning beautiful wood art on your lathe!
Ulric supported the conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited and our family welcomes contributions made in his memory. For those of you who read this please enjoy the human interest video: http://youtu.be/OIEBFxlb0B
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