Chris Krambeck, 46, unexpectedly passed away on September 28, 2023 after sudden cardiac arrest. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Janet Krambeck and is survived by his loving wife Jessica, daughter Libby Edmundson, dogs Gracie and Yukon da Floof and cat Mr. Jabberwocky. He is also survived by his twin brother, Curt, and sisters Michelle Burge and Lisa (Mike) Fallon, as well as brothers and sisters-in-law, a mother and father-in-law, nieces and nephews and so many friends who will miss his antics, wild ideas, creativity, laugh and most of all his cooking.
Chris was always unconventional and did things his own way. Those from Gretna will remember that in high school, Chris drove a hearse he had fixed up on his own (or alongside Curt, his twin). He also drove a Cadillac limo for a while, and then his grandfather's old conversion van - complete with the curtains, just like the hearse. Not only was he a relatively self-taught mechanic, but he and Curt assembled and de-assembled everything from car engines to computers to TVs and telephones all over their father's living room and yard, so it was no wonder he grew up to work in IT. He has always known how to fix things no one else could. He had a brilliant mind.
He, again alongside Curt, was an Eagle Scout and treasured those years as both a camper and a counselor, and the friendships they made. Chris had extraordinarily long arms, which allowed him to play the trombone and hit notes no one else could (literally) reach. At 6'5, Chris was always going to stand out, but that only seemed to encourage him to grow his hair long and have the first eye- brow ring anyone had ever seen. He wore a purple suit to his senior prom, complete with a top hat - mind you that's while driving a hearse.
Chris was an incredible cook because he was creative, and again unconventional. He could use a flame torch to make creme brulee, or whip up his own sushi, but what he will be the most remembered for by those who had the pleasure of him cooking for them was his meat. He was a master smoker. And he perfected every bacon variation that could be made.
Like his mom, Chris loved the Chicago Bears, and Jessica, his wife and best friend, was an avid Vikings Fan. They enjoyed the NFL, Fantasy Football, big game events and the Huskers and Creighton together. But when most of us think of Chris and Jess, we think of their traveling. Chris and Jess, and often their daughter Libby, spent much of the last 15 years traveling through a luxury travel club and have made close friends from all over the world. Chris loved to travel and meet new people, and he found the perfect companion for that in Jessica.
He was an incredible son who acted as a selfless caregiver, with Jess always by his side, to his parents in their final years. He was a brother who shared in a love of Jimmy Buffet and holidays with his siblings who adored him. He was a loving father to Libby, and he, Libby and Jess enjoyed their pets more than most. Being a big man, Chris had big dogs (again just like his twin) - a fantastic Newfoundland first, and then Yukon Da Floof, a dog worthy of his own social media pages. Even he and Jess's cat is enormous, a 22 pound Maine Coone.
He will leave a tremendous hole in the hearts of those who loved him and thought they had so many more years to travel, laugh, eat and celebrate with him. We'd all ask everyone to take a minute and think of him, play a little Enter Sandman, and reach out to those you love because every so often, a death can be so unexpected it knocks the wind out of an entire family.
Some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I've had a good life all they way.
He Went to Paris, Jimmy Buffett
His funeral service is Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the 72nd Street Chapel. The visitation with the family will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the 72nd Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nebraska Humane Society. Jessica has asked that anyone coming to the visitation or funeral service who wishes to wear Hawaiin shirts or Bears, Huskers or Creighton attire, to feel free as she thinks Chris would