Geo Larry “Flax” Krpan, age 74, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the Knoxville Hospital. Flax’s wishes were to be cremated and a visitation began at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church of Knoxville. Flax’s family greeted friends from 5-7:30 p.m. A Christian Wake Service began at 7:30 P.M., also Tuesday evening. A memorial mass was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with Pastor Jacob Griener officiating. Following services internment will be held at Graceland Cemetery. He was born on Feb. 22, 1941, in Iowa City, to George Floyd and Doris Arlene (Spires) Krpan. Flax was raised in Melcher and graduated from Melcher High School, Class of 1959. In July of 1959 Flax attended and later graduated from the Iowa Barber College. On Aug. 12, 1961, in Lacona, Flax and Elsie Margaret Rankin were united in marriage. They shared 54 years of marriage together and were blessed with three children: Kenneth, Mark, and Krystal. Flax was a barber all of his working career. He first began, serving his apprenticeship under Arl Haning in Knoxville. After being licensed Flax began barbering in Melcher and worked many years in Melcher at two different locations. He later was an instructor at the Iowa Barber College, and after a few years of instructing Flax opened Flax’s Hair Styling in Pleasantville. In the mid 1980s Flax moved his business to Knoxville were he continued until his retirement in May of 2014. Flax enjoyed socializing with customers and people. He was a good pool shooter and had enjoyed bowling for many years. He golfed most of his life and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan and NASCAR, especially Earnhardt. He volunteered many years as a Babe Ruth Baseball Coach and scorekeeper for all the sports in Melcher. Flax is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elsie Krpan of Knoxville; one son Mark (Jackie) Krpan and their children Tyler and Mallory all of Indianola; one daughter Krystal (Kurt) Maher and their children Kyler and Keghan all of Carlisle. Flax is also survived by his mother Doris Krpan of Knoxville and his sister Karen Luscri of St. Louis, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father George Krpan and his son Kenneth “Kenn” Krpan. A memorial in Flax’s memory can be made to the Knoxville Fire and Rescue. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com.
Published on  October 15, 2015