Joe was joined in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Patricia (Self) Kreher, whom he married on April 6, 1979; and preceded by his parents Joseph Sr. and Evelyn, nee Kehrer, Kreher; and a beloved brother, Edward Kreher.
Joe was a devout parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Freeburg, IL. Professionally, Joe and Patti’s legacy is their joint ownership and operation of General Machine, Inc. where Joe served as Chief Operating Officer and President; there, they enjoyed great success that they generously shared. Beyond General Machine, Inc., Joe enjoyed many hobbies over the years, including running and flying; he was a skilled private pilot and flight instructor. Joe and Patti lived vibrant lives together, spending much of their free time traveling together or entertaining their many friends. Joe’s proudest and dearest accomplishment of all was his children and grandchildren, and he seized every opportunity to attend soccer games, swim lessons, school functions, and more. Joe will be loved, missed, and remembered by so many as a generous father, “PaPa,” brother, and friend.
Surviving are his two sons, Brian Joseph (Catherine) Kreher and Daniel John Kreher; a daughter, Amy Lynn Crean; four grandchildren, Louis and Hattie Jo (Amy) Crean, and twins, Harper Florence and Emery Josephine (Brian) Kreher; a brother, Kenneth (Lori) Kreher; a sister-in-law, Betty Kreher; many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and employees.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Von Deeke and Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.
Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.