Capt. Edward C. “Bud” Krebs Jr., U.S.N. (ret.), died suddenly of natural causes Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at home.
A 44-year resident of Venice, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va., he was born in Dover, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1921.
He was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Emma Krebs; and his sisters Doris Luthy and Josephine Rice.
He was the dearest husband of Mary Joan (Bremyer) Krebs for 68 years; loving father of Suzanna Krebs and Wendy Sammis of McLean, Va.; and proud grandfather of John “Jake” Clark Sammis of Los Angeles, Calif. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Grimm of Stowe, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Dover High School in 1939. He was president of his freshman high school class. Capt. Krebs enlisted in the Navy one week after Pearl Harbor. After 18 months’ duty in the South Pacific, he was ordered to Colgate University’s V-12 training program. The next year he was transferred to the NROTC unit at Holy Cross College in Worchester, Mass.
He graduated from Holy Cross with a B.S. degree and commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the USS Midway (CVB 41) as assistant navigator.
His next duties were at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., as ops officer and navigator aboard the USS Strong (DD758); CO of PC581 at Newport, R.I.; executive officer on the USS Borie (DD704); and CO of the USS Putnam (DD757).
Assignments ashore include a tour as instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy; General Line School, Monterey, Calif.; assistant naval attache, U.S. Embassy, Paris, France; Naval War College, Newport, R.I.; National War College, Washington, D.C.; Office of Naval Intelligence Washington, D.C.; naval attache, U.S. Embassy, Leopoldville, Congo; and Near East South Asia Desk at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1971-72.
Capt. Krebs was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Phi Sigma Chi National High School Fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Knights of Columbus and Venice Taxpayers League; a life member of the BPOE and American Legion No-Vel Post 159; former president of Venice Chapter of M.O.A.A.; and a member of M.O.A.A. of Sarasota, Navy League of the USA, SAR, Mission Valley Country Club and the Venice Yacht Club.
Ed enjoyed golfing and sailing on the Chesapeake, and was a world traveler. He was a green-thumb gardener, avid reader, patriot, political commentator and Renaissance man. He was a member of Epiphany Cathedral.
Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Cathedral, followed by inurnment at Sarasota National Cemetery. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ROTC Scholarship Fund, M.O.A.A. Chapter, P.O. Box 1494, Venice FL 34284; or to the charity of your choice.