|Clarence Benny Krumnow was born August 27, 1910 to Frank and Minnie Krumnow near Marlin, Texas. He was baptized as an infant in Myers Settlement Methodist Church and grew up under the influence of Christian parents. The Sunday School and Epworth League of the Perry Methodist Church where he was confirmed were important to him as a youth.
He attended and graduated from Blinn Memorial Methodist College in Brenham, Texas, and graduated with honors from Southwestern State College in Lafayette, Louisiana where he was tapped for the Blue Key Society and the Pi Kappa Delta Honors Society with honors in speech and debate.
Clarence Krumnow married Gertrude Dora Lessman, daughter of Henry and Louise Lessman, on June 11, 1932 in the Perry Methodist Church. He was the father of LaVelle Gertrude Learner, Yvonne Louise Alt, Clarice Henrietta Talk, and Benny Fletcher Krumnow. He was the grandfather of ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was called at an early age to the ministry. He began his ministry in the German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and at the time of unification became a member of the Louisiana Conference. In the active relationship he pastored these churches: Paige (1931-1933), Ebenezer (1933-1939), Raymond (1935-1960), Crowley/Wesley (1960-1961), Belcher-Gilliam (1961-1966), Greenwood-Longstreet (1968-1970), and Benton (1970-1981). Following retirement he served as pastor of the Plain Dealing and Perry Churches, the Perry Church being the church to which he belonged as a child and youth.
Reverend Krumnow enjoyed the rural ministry and the closeness to the earth and its natural resources this ministry gave to him. He derived joy from ministry with youth and children. For many years he served his Lord by giving Christian guidance to young people both in church activities such as summer camp, and in other arenas such as 4-H and school activities. He loved people and was happiest when he had the opportunity to be with others.
His favorite Scriptures included Psalm 23, Psalm 90, Psalm 91 and Matthew 5:1-12. In his final years his favorite Scripture was John 14:1-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Clarence Krumnow died on December 26, 1997 in San Antonio, Texas, and was buried in the Krumnow plot of the Perry Methodist Cemetery beside his wife Gertrude.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1998, p. 253 By J. Gordon Talk|