Frank Edward Kroetch (1927 - 2001)

Frank Edward Kroetch
1927 - 2001
updated October 06, 2020
Frank Edward Kroetch, father to 2 children, was born on March 25, 1927 in Hoquiam, Washington. He was born to Dorothy Elaine (Ferguson) Kroetch and Hollis Joseph Kroetch, with siblings Elaine, Hollis, and Norma. He married Marian Benning on March 26, 1949 and they later divorced in July 1968. They gave birth to Pam (Kroetch) Marks and Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna. Frank would also marry Carol Antonsen on December 28, 1968 and Frank died on July 12, 2001. He died on July 12, 2001 in Bellingham, Washington at 74 years of age.

Frank Kroetch was one of four siblings and was born to Dorothy Elaine (Ferguson) Kroetch and Hollis "Joe" Joseph Kroetch. As far as I know (grandson), Frank and his brother & two sisters had a bit of a rough childhood, having been separated into different groups living with various family members.

He was one of the youngest to serve on the USS Killen for the U.S Navy in World War II. In fact, he lived his entire life thinking he was the youngest crew mate on the ship (he lied about his age to serve in WW2), but found out in the late 1990's at a Killen shipmates reunion in San Francisco that one lad had him beat by a handful of days. He married Marian "Joyce" Benning and had two children Kathy Pinna and Pamela Marks. He later married Carol (Antonsen) Kroetch and they raised John Kroetch.

He was a very smart man (with an IQ that tested between 165 and 185) and good looking - charismatic! He was a life-long entrepreneur starting numerous businesses in various industries after attending the University of Washington and graduating from San Jose State University. He lived in both California (where his daughters were born) and Washington (where he was born and died).

Frank was never baptized (as far as his child Kathy knows) and has no burial site. He was cremated and his ashes distributed between his wife and two daughters.

He was quite a human being and we all miss him every day.
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Frank Edward Kroetch Biography

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Frank Edward Kroetch
Most commonly known name
Male
Gender
Frank
First name
Edward
Middle name
Kroetch
Last name(s)
Frank Kroetsch, Frankie
Nickname(s) or aliases
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington United States of America 98271
Last known residence
Frank Kroetch was born on in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington United States
Birth
Frank Kroetch died on in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington United States
Death
Frank Kroetch was born on in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington United States
Frank Kroetch died on in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington United States
Birth
Death
Heart Failure
Cause of death
Ashes scattered in Sacred Wind Kentucky & WA state, in Bellingham, Washington
Burial / Funeral

Ethnicity & Lineage

Frank was primarily a mixture of French, German and Scottish heritage.

Nationality & Locations Lived

United States. He lived primarily in various locations near the Sound in Washington state, although he did live in San Jose, Carmel, and San Diego California as well.

Religion

My father described himself as an "agnostic" (he would have said atheist but if he didn't have proof one way or another he wouldn't take a definitive stand). He only set foot in a church for weddings or when his daughters sang in the choir.

Education

College Degree - attended the University of Washington and graduated from San Jose State College.

Professions

Businessman (Frank was an entrepreneur and businessman.)

Personal Life & Organizations

Entrepreneur, author and ever the student.

Military Service

Frank served in the Navy during World War II as a plankholder on the USS Killen, a destroyer that patrolled the Pacific Ocean. He shared a few stories of the war over the years. He thought he was the youngest on the ship (he lied about his age to join the Navy) until he had a reunion in San Francisco CA in the early 2000s where he learned there was one other a few days younger.

Another story I remember is that of when a bomb went off near the kitchen and killed a sailor in the meat locker. Because of this the crew lived off a diet without any protein for an extended period of time.

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Frank Edward Kroetch Family Tree

Frank's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Kroetch family tree.

Parents:

October 1906 - 1932
Jan 1, 1903 - February 1978

Siblings:

Nov 21, 1925 - Jan 6, 1998
Apr 5, 1929 - Unknown

Relationships:

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Frank Edward Kroetch & Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch

March 26, 1949 - July 1968
Cause of Separation: Divorce

Spouse:

Oct 11, 1930 - Sep 10, 2017

Children:

January 1951 - Unknown
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Frank Edward Kroetch & Carol (Antonsen) Kroetch

December 28, 1968 - July 12, 2001
Cause of Separation: Death
Frank Edward Kroetch

Spouse:

Unknown - Unknown

Friends:

Apr 16, 1928 - Apr 29, 2009
Unknown - Unknown

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Daniel Pinna
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My grandfather, Frank Kroetch, was a great man. I know it is common for people to say this about their grandparents, but I truly believe had I not been related, I would still think the same.

Frank was an entrepreneur gifted with a brilliant mind. I will always hold him fondly in my mind.
Jan 23, 2013 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Frank Kroetch was my grandfather and I miss him every day.
Mar 05, 2013 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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I specifically recall visiting him every summer while I was a young boy - traveling from California to Washington. It was always so great to spend time with him at his home with the extended family.
Mar 05, 2013 · Reply
Kathy Pinna
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you remember trying to find gold near the railroad tracks at his house? or digging clams with grandpa and ted?
Mar 05, 2013 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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I remember digging clams on the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington, but until you mentioned it (honestly!) I forgot about looking for gold on the railroad tracks! Why were we looking for gold on railroads? Did some fall of the trains during the gold rush?
Mar 05, 2013 · Reply
Kathy Pinna
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LOL . . . no, just you being a kid. There was quartz along the tracks, with gold colored veins. You brought the rocks to grandpa and said that you found gold. He humored you and said that gold and quartz ARE found together!
Mar 16, 2013 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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My god you're right. I completely forgot about that. How old was I when I found those rocks? I think it was at his house overlooking the Sound. Not the 2nd house that I remember fairly well, but the 1st I went to. I think that one had an indoor Sauna.
Oct 01, 2019 · Reply
Kathy Pinna
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Yeah, I think it was Mukilteo. It did have a sauna, in the basement. I think that was the one that Carol brought the raccoons into. You, Grandpa, and Ted went clamming. Wonderful views of the Sound.
Oct 02, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Happy Birthday Grandpa. Today was like any other day, and I didn't remember that March 26th was when you were born, until your daughter reminded me. :)

You would have been 88 this year (2015). Thank you for such great memories while I was growing up and for always being 'around', even after death. We are proud of you too.
Mar 26, 2015 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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I was working on another business venture today and you kept popping in my head. I am thankful to have such a close bond with you.
Aug 23, 2017 · Reply
Kathy Pinna
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Dad - Yet another Christmas that you won't be waking me up at 6a. Awwww. :(
Dec 14, 2017 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Okay for such an incredibly smart man, how did he not believe in the concept of God, the Source, or the many realities we rarely see? You must have had some great conversations with him mom?
Nov 27, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Sitting here on Thanksgiving and I asked this question. Ant Pammy said when she asked Frank the same question he said along the lines: ‘You know I’ve studied world religions and I have no problem when I die returning to the Earth’. I think that’s beautiful on a number of levels.
Nov 28, 2019 · Reply
Kathy Pinna
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Well, he asked me what I thought about his dying (his step-mother had just died and he was just a little scared). I told him that if he was right, and there was nothing, he wouldn't know the difference. And that if I were right, he would be aware and pleasantly surprised! Of course, after he died he was pleasantly surprised and told me "If I had known it was this much fun, I would have died sooner!!" :)
Nov 29, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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You're right. We really do need that 'like' button for comments :)
Dec 02, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Pammy just shared the story of how she and Frank had a trip planned to visit Kentucky. Frank died two weeks before the flight but Pam still made it. The flight (Northwestern) was cancelled and Pammy was in tears carrying Franks ashes. The airline worker got her on a substitute flight. When she arrived in “Sacred Wind” she opened the ash container and this gust of wind spread the ashes.
Nov 28, 2019 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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I found at Ancestry the yearbook for the University of Washington 1948-1949 Undergraduate Honors List that grandpa was mentioned. It is especially impressive since he didn't graduate from/attend the last 2 years of high school because he joined the Navy in World War II. So when he got out, he didn't want to go back to high school. He insisted on taking a test to attend the UW and got in. Then he's on the honors list!
Dec 04, 2019 · Reply
Kathy Pinna
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Happy Birthday, Dad!! You would have had a lot to say about our President and how people are reacting to what is happening in the world right now. I miss our talks!!
Mar 25 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Happy Birthday Grandpa. You would have been 93 years old today. You just made it into the Greatest Generation by a year! The Silent Generation - the generation following the Greatest Generation and preceding the Baby Boomers - has a cut off either in 1927 or 1928. I think lying about your age to join WW2 solidifies you making it into the Greatest Generation. I can only imagine how coming of age during the Great Depression and then entering WW2 impacted your perception of the world.

Like mom said, I would love to hear your take on today's reality with online consuming so much of our daily routines, the politicians and now covid19. I forgot to mention we are growing horns because of screen time. ;) lol. I'm thankful you left so many of your business plans and writings. Miss you.
Mar 25 · Reply

Frank Kroetch Obituary

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As far as I can tell either an obituary for grandpa was never written or was never published online. Well, that just won't do, so over time I'll continue to add to this.

Frank Edward Kroetch left this world as an accomplished entrepreneur having started numerous businesses (from restaurants to steel framed housing), a proven intellectual with the ability to interact with anyone about any subject, an author of various short novels (one of which I adore is a Star Trek themed "Night Before Christmas"), and a well admired, respected and a well-loved man.

Frank was a brother to four siblings, a husband to two wives, and a father to three children: 2 by blood and 1 by parenting, and grandfather to three: 1 child from each of his two daughters, and 1 child from his son.

He lived the majority of his life in Washington State with some years in San Jose, San Diego, & Carmel Valley California - as well as a couple of years in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. During the middle of his life he spent time in his home in Washington near the Sound then flew (with the help of a pilot!) to his home in Carmel Valley.

I wish I had the opportunity to know him as a man and not simply as my grandfather. As I've matured and continue to find my path through life, I would have very much enjoyed discussions with him about all the very fun nuances of life.

You remain well loved grandpa.
- djp 11/28/2019

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In 1927, in the year that Frank Edward Kroetch was born, 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1938, by the time he was only 11 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1963, at the age of 36 years old, Frank was alive when the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

In 1972, when he was 45 years old, on September 5th, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, with the assistance of German neo-nazis, kidnapped and killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich. The attackers crept into the Olympic Village and abducted the athletes while they were sleeping. A German policeman was also killed.

In 1985, by the time he was 58 years old, on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

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