The Village of Oswego has designated a downtown street in honor of Dave Krahn, a lifelong resident of the village, former village administrator and community advocate.
Krahn’s honorary sign will be placed in front of Veterans Serenity Park at 33 N. Adams St., as Krahn was instrumental in establishing the park.
Village President Troy Parlier briefly summarized Krahn’s legacy in the village during an August 23 village board meeting.
“Krahn’s service to our country and his lifelong service to the community of Oswego make him a worthy recipient of an honorary street plaque,” Parlier said.
In addition to his service as a village administrator, Krahn served as chairman of the Oswegoland Park District Board of Commissioners, chairman of the Oswego Economic Development Corporation, and volunteer firefighter for the Oswegoland Park Fire Protection District. Oswego. Growing up, the Oswego High School graduate also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout of America Oswego Troop 31.
Krahn currently serves as Treasurer of Fox Metro’s Wastewater Reclamation District Board of Directors.
Parlier noted that Krahn also played a pivotal role in establishing the Oswegoland Park Foundation and was heavily involved in Oswego Days, a precursor celebration to the annual PrairieFest.
Parlier said Krahn’s roots in the village run deep, as his family once owned and published the Oswego Ledger. Krahn, who for a time served as Ledger’s editor, also owned a local trophy store on Main Street, Fox Valley Trophy, with his wife Peggy.
Krahn is also a US Army veteran.
“Mr. Krahn was also a strong advocate for local veterans and continued to find ways to honor veterans and the sacrifices they made,” Parlier said.
Parlier said Krahn was instrumental in installing Vietnam’s Moving Wall in the village in 2017, creating the Veterans’ Serenity Park which opened in 2019 along the bank of the Fox River. in the town center of the village and the bringing of the Middle East Conflict Wall of Honor to the village in 2021.
Kendall County Council Chairman Scott Gryder, an Oswego resident, thanked the council for recognizing Krahn.
Gryder said he couldn’t think of a better person to honor and spoke of his admiration for Krahn.
Gryder noted many of Krahn’s accomplishments over the years in various roles for the village and other organizations.
“The list goes on and on and on,” Gryder said. “He has helped and touched so many people here in Oswego, I can’t think of a better person to recognize tonight.”
Joe West, a former village administrator who served with Krahn on the Kendall County Veterans Assistance Program board, also had kind words about Krahn.
“He’s a gentleman that I’m proud to call my friend,” West said. “You couldn’t find a better Oswegoan. If anyone needs anything in Oswego, they are always the first to volunteer.
Krahn thanked the board and said it was an incredibly humble honor. He also thanked his father, grandfather, wife Peggy, daughters and granddaughter.
“My success over time has been surrounding myself with people who are much smarter than me and much more creative than me,” Krahn said. “They are the ones who made me who I am.”
He said one of the village’s greatest achievements was the establishment of the Economic Development Corporation, which enabled the village to obtain a competitive pilot program grant.
“A lot of what you see today in Oswego is the result of those decisions,” Krahn said. “I have always strived to make Oswego a better community than when I found it.
Krahn said Serenity Park was a labor of love to set up and maintain. He said that after 125,000 people came to Oswego to see the Vietnam Wall looking for some solace, he saw how much of an impact it had on the community and that’s where the idea of Veterans Serenity Park came up.