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“So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother I always enjoyed working with her when I talk to Gregory those 25 years and the fun we had in thinking...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Jane Leibel - Friend

“Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you today and in the days ahead. Cherish your memories! ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Lois & Bob Jerred - Sioux Falls, SD

“Our deepest sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Tim and Janice (Ziska) Friedel - NE

“This class of 1974 sends their deep sympathies in this loss of your loved one. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Class of 1974 - Gregory, SD

“My deepest sympathy! ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Fr. Starman - O'Neill, NE

“Krystal and Kip you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. Always remember the good times. I am sure she will be dearly missed. ...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis Povondra - Tabor, SD

“Iris was the sweetest person one could meet - and such a gracious hostess. We are glad she is finally back with Bob. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Vern and Donna Krysl - Bellevue, NE

“There are so many memories of Iris made over the many years of knowing her and loving her. She was a kind and loving lady who had a laugh that filled...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Dee A. Krysl - Atkinson, NE

“Dear Crystal, The Class of 73 extends our sincere sympathy. May your memories and love comfort you. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Class of 1973 - Gregory, SD


Iris Naomi (Wilson) Krysl was born near Burke, SD, on December 5, 1924, to Sadie Ethel (Elliott) and Earnest Ellsworth Wilson, the seventh of nine children. Her graduation from Burke High School in 1942 was a proud moment for her, after which she completed course work to become a country school teacher. Iris shared her passion for learning and teaching at several schools in north central Nebraska and southern South Dakota.

In August 1949, she married Robert Joseph Krysl. They moved to the C.H. Hansen farm south of Gregory, SD, in 1951 and to this union were born two children, Crystal Lorene and Kipton Dean. Iris was devoted to her family and their life on the farm until 1973 when they bought a home in Gregory. Besides homemaking, Iris also worked at the Gamble Store and at the Gregory Elementary School during her years in Gregory. While Bob played guitar with the Rhythm Ramblers dance band, Iris enjoyed waitressing at Carlock Ballroom. Trick-or-treaters of all ages always came to the door at Halloween for her delicious popcorn balls.

Iris loved gardening, canning, cooking, crocheting and quilting; plus doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She and Bob were active members of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Iris was a Catholic Daughter and a catechism teacher for many years. They were also known to take many a motorcycle cruise, often including campouts with the Wandering Wheels Motorcycle Club. The coffee pot was always brewing or full, and nobody ever left their house hungry. It was a home full of love and laughter.

Iris went home to Heaven on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the age of 91.

Iris is preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, and beloved husband of 56 years, Robert Krysl.

Survivors include her sister Dorothy Hegge, of Bonesteel SD; her daughter Crystal (Gary) Beard of Santa Fe, TX; her son, Kipton (Terri) Krysl of O'Neill, NE; five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

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Funeral services for Iris Krysl, 91, were held Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory, SD, with Father Godfrey Muwanga as Celebrant. A rosary service was held Sunday evening at the church.

Terri Krysl was in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir. Kolene Krysl, soloist, sang "On the Wings of a Snow White Dove." Cantor was Doris Jelinek. Musical selections were "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say," "Song of Farewell," and "On Eagles Wings."

Lector was Kolene Krysl.

Altar Servers were Joseph Veskrna and Caleb Stukel.

Gift Bearers were Jenny, Ashten, Madi, and Baylee Schmaderer.

Cindy Steffen was in charge of flowers.

Pall Bearers were Chuck Krysl, Jeff Schmaderer, Jesus Munoz, Blake Krysl, Clayton Mikes, James Evans, Xavier Munoz, and Izaiah Munoz.

Burial was in the Graceland Cemetery, Burke, SD.