Frank Edward Kroetch (1927 - 2001)

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Dad was never baptized (as far as I know) and has no burial site because he was cremated and his ashes distributed between his wife and two daughters. 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, having attended the University of Washington (after serving in the Navy in World War Two) 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).

He was quite a human being and we all miss him every day.

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Frank Edward Kroetch was also known as:

Frank Kroetsch

Birth


Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, WA United States

Death


Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA United States
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Cause of death

Heart Failure

Burial / Funeral

Cremation,
Bellingham, WA

Obituary

Last Known Residence

Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA United States

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Family

Mother: Dorothy Elaine (Ferguson) Kroetch
Father: Hollis "Joe" Joseph Kroetch
Siblings: Elaine Marguerite (Kroetch) Gillett, Juanita Maryjane "Norma" Kroetch, and Hollis Frederick "Fred" Kroetch

Wife: Marian Joyce (Benning) Kroetch
Children with Marian: Kathleen Rae (Kroetch) Pinna and Pamela (Kroetch) Marks

Wife: Carol (Antonsen) Kroetch

Education

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

Professions

Frank was an entrepreneur and businessman.

Military Service

Navy - World War II. Served on the USS Killen.

Middle name

Edward

Surnames

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Nationality

United States

Religion

None

Gender

Male

Timeline

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.

1958 - Frank was 31 years old when on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

1969 - By the time he was 42 years old, in August, a previously planned small concert turned into a (free) more than 400,000 strong gathering of attendees and bands at Max Yasgur's farm in upstate New York - now called Woodstock. Just some of the 32 acts: Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe, Santana, The Band, and Sly and the Family Stone.

1986 - When he was 59 years old, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

1998 - When he was 71 years old, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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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
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
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
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
Dad - Yet another Christmas that you won't be waking me up at 6a. Awwww. :(
Dec 14, 2017 · Reply

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