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Charles A. Krebbs

Charles A. Krebbs passed from this life December 10, 2023.

Born July 25, 1937, in the small community of Jumbo, OK, he was the son of Willie and Opal (Piette) Krebbs.

Charles had 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Growing up in the depression his father had to work away from home, and as a young boy, he took on the responsibilities of caring for his siblings and mother. When he was 14, he made a deal for an old car, and he and a friend hit the road and ended up in the Lubbock/Shallowater, Texas, area. One day, while having lunch at a small cafe, he met a young, sassy lady, and at the age of 17, he married Junita (Winfield) Krebbs.

In a very short time, he was drafted into the Army and served his country for four years.  Charles and Junita then made their home in Shallowater, Texas, where they raised their daughter Rose and sons Richard and Robin. He learned the ropes of working and managing a business from an older gentleman who took him under his wing and helped him learn the trade. He then ran Goodpasture Grain Elevator for 18 years! Charles also farmed cotton. When Goodpasture went out of business, he kept it open as 5K Chemicals.

Charles lifelong dream was to own property and raise cattle, so after the children were through school, he and Junita moved to Arkansas! They purchased land and fulfilled that dream of raising cattle, which he did until about 3 years ago, when his health failed him.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, all but two siblings, his wife Junita, his sons Richard and Robin.

He is survived by his daughter, Rose Krebbs King, and her husband Jan of Lubbock, Tx; two granddaughters, Sabrina (Fred) and Jamie (Thomas); two great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons. Charles was blessed with having a few extra special people in his life who helped him and cared for him over the last few years. Sandy and Monty Gray of Hatfield; Kimie and David Head of Nunley; and Rita and Terry Keener of Potter.

The last few years, his memory lived in the past. Stories of his childhood, stories of his Choctaw heritage of which he was very proud. Many hours he was at his farm working with the boys. He talked of cows, Sale barns, his garden and his friends. If you were personally acquainted with him, I can assure you that he spoke of you or about you in some of his many, many tales. I know he would want to say to you, “Thank you for being a part of my dreams and adventures.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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