Sheldon Kreisel

sheldon kreisel
Sheldon E. Kreisel, age 86, of New Hampton, Iowa walked home with Jesus on Tuesday, December 2, 2020 at VA Central Iowa Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, IA with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, IA. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, December 11, 2020 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hampton American Legion Post #38 or the family. Sheldon Eugene was born October 30, 1934, the son of Herbert and Frances (Gates) Kreisel in Mora, MN. He graduated from West High School in Minneapolis, MN, earning his bachelor’s degree at Mankato State University and a master’s degree from Iowa State University. His undergrad work was interrupted when he was called up from the Army Reserves for active duty. He served 2 years in Germany, even leading a Boy Scout troop overseas. Returning to Mankato State, Sheldon met Betty Ann Schultz, the love of his life. Sheldon used a picture of Rock Hudson, married to his cousin, to impress her!! The couple was united in marriage on July 24, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. They returned to Mankato for a short time where they welcomed their first daughter, Kimberly. Sheldon’s teaching career began in Vinton, IA where they welcomed their second daughter, Amy. Soon after, they made their home in New Hampton, IA. Sheldon taught at New Hampton High School for 27 years where he enjoyed teaching Driver’s Ed, and coaching track, cross country and basketball, retiring in 1993. Over the years, Sheldon was an avid supporter of anything related to sports and the arts at NHHS and area colleges. He was a high school cheerleader and he never stopped cheering others on the rest of his life. Sheldon was a great husband, father, grandpa, Eagle Scout, veteran, servant. He never met a stranger and he loved God, family, country and community. The Kreisel family loved camping all over the country in their cozy fold down camper. He and Betty moved up to a 5th wheel when they were empty nesters! Some summers were spent at Boy Scout camps where Sheldon was the waterfront director. Later he was actively involved with helping Ben and Sam earn their Eagle Scout rank. Sheldon and Betty devoted years of service to the American Legion, filling numerous leadership roles. He volunteered 19 years at Boys State as sports director and office support. Don’t forget fun years of square dancing! He loved to be a part of his faith community at Trinity. As a cancer survivor, he was a regular volunteer with Relay for Life. We are thankful for his saving faith that secured his eternity in heaven. Those left to honor his memory are his two daughters, Kim (Mark) Thomas of Urbandale, IA and Amy (Scott) Robinson of Atlantic, IA; his grandsons, SSG Benjamin (Tanner) Thomas of Utah, Samuel Thomas of Davenport, IA, and Anthony (Annabel) Robinson of Omaha, NE. While we grieve in the flesh we rejoice in spirit knowing he is with Betty and we will see him again. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Betty on January 3, 2020; his brother, Harlan and sister, Leone.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear this. He and Betty were our first neighbors in NH. He was so kind and took such loving care of Betty.

  2. Kim & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May he be at peace and happy to be with your mother in heaven. Hold those memories close to your heart. May God comfort you and your family during the dark days of sadness and grief. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Ohhh man! My driver’s E.D. teacher! He was sooo nice! I was bumbed that yr. We were to drive a stick shift! ( I grew up on) an they couldn’t get on that ye. Bummmssss

  4. Regards to all of Sheldon’s family. So glad I knew him. Such a gentle kind soul with a dry sense of humir.

  5. So sorry, driver’s ed teacher, track and cross country coach. Sending our condolences to the family.

  6. Sorry for your loss. I had him for drivers Ed. I still talk about the time Laurie McLennon drove 1st to where she lived and when I got in to drive back he said get us to school. Needless to say I headed in the wrong direction 😂

  7. Sorry to hear of Coach Kreisel’s passing. I had him for driver’s ed and he was my track coach. He was a very kind and patient man. Blessed be his memory.

  8. This makes me so sad! Sheldon was such a fine man, and took such wonderful care of Betty!! You will be missed Sheldon! RIP!

  9. Kim & Amy & family, we are so very sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you all in thoughts and prayers! Our neighborhood won’t be the same!😔

  10. Sending comfort and condolences to the entire family. Your Dad was a patient and compassionate driver’s education instructor, and he taught me how to drive. I will always remember his kindness and support, and I always enjoyed talking to your Dad and Mom at church or when I would come to your house to play with Amy. I hope you are sustained by many happy memories of your time together over the years. With love, Lois Gray and family

  11. Sheldon greeted me fondly at EVERY Chickasaw event for the last 10 years. He had kindness beyond measure. My prayers are with you– thanks for sharing him with us. He was a blessing. Sarah Updegraff, former NHHS principal

  12. Sheldon had more patience than most people will ever have since he instructed so many Driver’s Education students in the New Hampton Community School District. I was one of them and found Mr. Kreisel to be a kind man. My condolences to his family and friends.

  13. Sheldon was a great Chickasaw booster and fan. I enjoyed visiting with him at many athletic events over the years, including a number of Saturdays at Wartburg football games. RIP

  14. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sheldon was such a good person and I enjoyed spending time with him at the Carnegie.

  15. On behalf of the Class of 1969, our condolences to the Kreisel family. We were so pleased to have our former Driver’s Ed. Teacher attend our 50-year class reunion in June, 2019…Cherish the wonderful memories and legacy he has gifted you❣ Karen Reicks

  16. I do well remember Sheldon just as I did Betty as I would see them at TLC. A VERY kind and Caring Couple! RIP together🙏🙏✝️☮️

  17. On behalf of The American Legion of Iowa and American Legion of Iowa Boys State, I would like to express my condolences to the family of Sheldon. He was a good man and a great Legionnaire. He will be missed. John Derner, Department Adjutant

  18. Kim and Amy, We are sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I have fond memories of our days in cross country with him being our coach! He was always so friendly and kind every time I would see him at Trinity Lutheran Church. Thinking of your family and sending prayers during this difficult time. Rick and Luann Weigel

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