Frank Edward Kroetch (1927 - 2001)

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Frank Edward Kroetch
1927 - 2001
updated December 05, 2019
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 Juanita. 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. 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.

Frank Edward Kroetch Biography

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Most Commonly Known Name

Frank Edward Kroetch

First name


Middle name


Last Name(s)

Nickname(s) or aliases

Frank Kroetsch




Frank Kroetch was born on in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington United States


Frank Kroetch died on in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington United States

Cause of death

Heart Failure

Burial / Funeral

Ashes scattered in Sacred Wind Kentucky & WA state, in Bellingham, Washington


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.


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.

Last Known Residence

Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington United States of America 98271


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


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.


Hollis Joseph Kroetch
Jan 1, 1903 - around 1978



Frank Edward Kroetch & Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch

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


Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch
Oct 11, 1930 - Sep 10, 2017
Santa Clara, CA, United States


Pam (Kroetch) Marks
Born: January 1951
San Jose, California, United States
Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna
Born: 1949
Campbell, CA, United States

Frank Edward Kroetch & Carol (Antonsen) Kroetch

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



Charles Henry "Chuck" Barrett Jr.
Apr 16, 1928 - Apr 29, 2009

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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
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
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
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
You're right. We really do need that 'like' button for comments :)
Dec 02, 2019 · Reply
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
Dad - Yet another Christmas that you won't be waking me up at 6a. Awwww. :(
Dec 14, 2017 · Reply
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
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
Frank Kroetch was my grandfather and I miss him every day.
Mar 05, 2013 · Reply
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
you remember trying to find gold near the railroad tracks at his house? or digging clams with grandpa and ted?
Mar 05, 2013 · Reply
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
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
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
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
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

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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1927 - 2001 World Events

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In 1927, in the year that Frank Edward Kroetch was born, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1935, at the age of just 8 years old, Frank was alive when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1955, by the time he was 28 years old, in January, President Eisenhower sent direct aid to South Vietnam. In February, U.S. advisors were sent to train troops.

In 1982, he was 55 years old when on September 14th, Princess Grace of Monaco (American actress Grace Kelly), 52, died of injuries when her car plunged off a mountain road. Her 17 year old daughter, Stephanie, was also in the car and suffered serious injuries but recovered. It's believed that the accident was caused when Princess Grace, who was driving, had a mild stroke.

In 1997, Frank was 70 years old when on July 1st, Hong Kong was returned to China. In 1898, Great Britain was awarded Hong Kong for 99 years. In a subsequent agreement, China agreed to allow Hong Kong to remain capitalist. So the handing over of the area ended British rule but did not change the economic system of Hong Kong.

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