Delores Jean (Miller) Krumme died peacefully on November 10, 2022. Born on March 31, 1930 to Deede (Myrtle) and Daniel Clyde Miller in Agency, Missouri, Delores lived a full life of family, service and love.
Delores’s accomplishments, career, community service and even devotion to family do not capture her essence. She was the embodiment of dignity, selflessness and pure, nonjudgemental love. Her calm persistence and uncomplaining resolve saw her through growing up during the Depression, recovering from poliovirus, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college and meeting all the challenges of a long active life. She was a true role model of commitment to family and service. The impact of her gentle spirit will be felt for generations.
Delores grew up in St. Joseph and was the youngest of 10 siblings. She was protected and cared for by four brothers (Farris, Gene, Irvin, and Harold) and five sisters (Mildred, Ramona, Effie, Juanita, and Jessie). As adults, the siblings delighted in getting together, spending hours reminiscing over coffee.
Delores contracted poliovirus at age 12 and missed more than a year of school while recovering at home. She graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph in 1950. Her steady determination led her to Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri. She attended classes while keeping a protective eye on her mother Deede, who raised the 10 Miller children as a single parent. Delores graduated with a degree in elementary education.
Delores channeled her love for learning, teaching and children into teaching primary grades at Washington School in St. Joseph. She formed a strong bond with her first principal and mentor, Ruth Huston, and the two stayed close for many years. Delores’s years as a teacher were pivotal to a life-long interest in education as a mother, volunteer and citizen.
Delores met Jack Krumme soon after college and the two married in St. Joseph in 1956. Their devotion to each other was unshakeable, and they celebrated hundreds of big and small occasions together until Jack’s death in 2016.
She was active in many service organizations including Girl Scouts of America, United Methodist Women and the Johnson County Republican Women. She was elected to the Johnson County Republican Committee and was a member of Leawood United Methodist Church.
Family was the bedrock of Delores’s life. Her gentle, kind nature and loving spirit were legendary. She always put her children first. Delores was unflappable and unfailingly loving and supportive to her four children John Krumme (Debi), Barbara Geiger (Steven), Deborah Joy and Amy Crank (Jeff).
She took great delight in her grandchildren and never missed a chance to let them know she adored them. Jack Krumme (Danielle), Daniel Krumme (Cori), Kevin Krumme (Blair), Jacob Geiger (Keri), Camden Geiger (Katie), Cooper Joy, Caroline Joy, Foster Joy, Tyler Crank and Braden Crank all grew up supported by the gentle and constant love of their Grandma. Delores was thrilled with the birth of her great-grandchildren Charlie and Ellie Geiger, Charlotte Krumme and Isabella Krumme.
Tuesday November 22, 2022, Community Covenant Church, 15700 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66219
9:00-11:00 a.m Visitation
11:00 a.m. Funeral
Luncheon immediately following
3:00 p.m. (approx.) Graveside service, Agency Cemetery, across from 106 3rd Street, Agency, MO 64401
Memorials: Growing Futures Early Education Center www.growingfutureseec.org) and The Children’s Place (www.childrensplacekc.org).