On December 10th 2019 Jeff passed into heaven surrounded by his loving family. Jeff was born in Waconia MN on January 22, 1962. He graduated from Waconia high school in 1980. As a young man, Jeff has a passion for hunting with his father, family, and friends and enjoyed many hunting trips with them in Minnesota. Jeff met his future wife Elizabeth “Liz” Segner and they married February 15, 1985. Later that year they started their first adventure and moved to Aspen Colorado to enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Jeff and Liz loved the outdoors, camping, hiking, hunting, and skiing. After 2 years in Colorado they moved back to Minnesota where Jeff attended Dunwoody College of Technology and earned his Masters of Electrical degree. During this time Jeff worked as an electrician and later owned his own business.
Their daughter Ally joined their family on May 30, 1990. After missing the mountains, they decided to move their family to Kalispell in 1995. Shortly after this move Jeff started an Electrical business in the Flathead were he has met many wonderful people.
Jeff lived for hunting season with a countdown to opening day every year. He enjoyed all areas of hunting, big game and bird. He was able to pull a moose tag this year which was on of Jeff’s life’s dreams and was able to fill it too! He also loved riding his horse in the Bob Marshall Wilderness with his close buddies. Jeff and his family also enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, rafting and spending time with his family and friends.
Jeff’s most treasured moments were walking his daughter down the aisle in marriage and gaining a wonderful son in-law Kramer Wilson. Also being able to meet all 3 of his grandchildren – Ryan, Cooper, and Olivia.
Jeff was preceded in death by his Father and Mother in-law Myron “Bud” and Patricia Segner. Brother in-laws Gerald and Dennis Segner, Tom Dittrich, and Scott Zebell.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife Liz, daughter Ally Wilson (Kramer), Grandchildren Ryan Elizabeth, Cooper James, Olivia Louise Wilson. Parents Ray and Shirley Krautbauer, Brother Larry (Dena) Krautbauer, Sister Vickie Zebell, Sister in-laws Diane (Glen) Pauls, Deb (Mark) Fields and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Risen Christ Catholic Parish in Kalispell on Monday December 16, 2019 at 11:00 am with a gathering of family and friends at 10:00 am. Celebrant of the Mass Father Stanislaw Rog.
A special thank you to our wonderful doctors and medical staff at Kalispell Regional Hospital, Palliative Care and Hospice Care for all the help with Jeff’s journey with Uveal Melanoma.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia “The Fund for Vision” Uveal Melanoma research. Visit their website at www.willseye.org and go to Giving.