Brian Dean Kridelbaugh was born on November 25, 1958 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Leon and Rosemary Kridelbaugh and passed away on September 2, 2020 at the age of 61 years.
He grew up exploring the woods with his two brothers and constructing elaborate tree houses and forts. It was clear from a young age that he was destined to be a builder.
Brian was a creative and good-humored free spirit. After high school, he made a grand adventure out west, working in the lead mines of Colorado and summiting Mt. Ranier in Washington state.
He eventually returned to his roots in Missouri and gained vocational training in masonry. His true artistic medium was working with natural rock and he ran his own landscaping business for over 30 years, creating finely crafted rock structures for clients throughout the Rolla and St. James, Missouri area.
Brian also was an amateur archaeologist who studied Ozark petroforms, which are rock formations constructed by early Native American inhabitants of the region. His work was published in a scientific journal and earned him a research award and recognition among the archaeology community. He regularly volunteered as a steward at several recreation areas to include Mill Creek, which held special meaning to him and his archaeology interests.
He is survived by his father, Leon Kridelbaugh of Rolla, Missouri; uncle, Norman Utterback of Lincoln, Nebreska; two brothers, Alan and wife Shearry of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Curt and wife Cathy of Doolittle, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Greentree Christian Church in Rolla, Missouri.
Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Greentree Christian Church in Rolla, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla, Missouri.