Neighbors has carried many stories of military families and of those who have been volunteers for local organizations. Here’s another one.

It’s about the family of Tom Krabbenhoft, Moorhead, whose family has a combined record of about 200 years of military service.

Tom’s father served for 37 years; Tom’s brother, 25 years; two of his cousins, each more than 25; another cousin, six; and still another cousin who now is in the military.

His aunt Marils Ziegler, Moorhead, has volunteered in many places, including her church, the Veterans Administration and the American Legion, “to name a few,” Tom says.

Marlis’ son Paul, Waynesville, Mo., served in the military for 23 years and today is actively volunteering with the VFW, the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, among others.

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Paul’s son Lukas is in the ROTC and is a military policeman serving in the National Guard.

Tom’s aunt Mavis, Fargo, volunteers at a retirement home

Mavis’ son Wayne was in the military for more than 20 years; he’s been a Boy Scout volunteer and he continues to host exchange students. His son currently is in the military.

Another of Tom’s aunts, Jane Determan, Moorhead, volunteers at a retirement home and has been active with the Scouts.

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Jane’s son Perry served in the National Guard for six years and has volunteered with a homebuilding group. He has a daughter, Kelli, who is currently in the military.

Conrad and Lois Krabbenhoft, Moorhead, have been delivering Meals on Wheels since the 1990s and have been church volunteers. Conrad was in the military for 37 years. Their sons Tom and Troy have served for more than 25 years.

Tom was in the military for 28 years. He currently is the director of the Fargo-Moorhead Legion Riders. He served on the Moorhead city charter commission. He’s spoken with military personnel about resiliency and recovery.

Troy has volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol, coached youth soccer and hockey, is active with the Legion Riders, taught CPR and recently ran for the Moorhead City Council.

Neighbors salutes this family which sets a great example of serving for all of us.

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