Bob Kondras, a Bible teacher at Audubon United who had known Mr. Kreckmann since 1959, called him "a dear, dear man."
The family often visited the Franklin Institute and paid special attention to the Baldwin Locomotive Works engine there. "My grandfather worked on the plans for that very train," Radley said.
Born in Audubon, Mr. Kreckmann graduated in 1938 from Audubon High School and served during World War II with an armament maintenance battalion in England and France.
From 1946 to 1948, he was a draftsman in the engineering department at the Campbell Soup Co.
Mr. Kreckmann retired in 1982 as the design supervisor for the drafting department at United Engineers & Constructors in Philadelphia.
Besides his daughter, he is survived by sons Gary and Kim, two sisters, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Marion.
A visitation was set from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Audubon United Methodist Church, Wyoming and Graisbury Avenues, Audubon, N.J., 08106, before an 11 a.m. celebration service. Burial is to be private.
Donations may be sent to the memorial fund at the above address or to www.audubonumc.com.
Condolences may be offered at www.henryfuneralhome.com.