Fritz K. Kroeck88, manager of Brass and Buck Iron foundaries, WWII vet

By on November 2, 2011

Fritz K. Kroeck, 88, of Elkland, formerly of Lititz, passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at his home.

He was born Feb. 20, 1923 in Lancaster, the son of Fritz and Florence George Kroeck.

He managed Brass Foundry and later Buck Iron Foundry. He and his wife, Joan, also managed a small farm. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II on a ship carrying troops and prisoners.

He is survived by a son: Karl W. Kroeck and a daughter: Carol A. (Clair) Zerby, both of Knoxville; grandchildren: Michael, husband of Julie Kroeck; Larry, husband of Margaret Kroeck; Julie Bliss; David Kroeck; Brian, husband of Yvonne Zerby; Susan, wife of Randall Swope; and Judy, wife of Jeffrey Quick; 22 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Jean, wife of Bill Knox, of Lancaster; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Joan, in 2008; grandson: John Kroeck; and brothers: Richard, Robert and Charles.

Funeral services will be held on Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rothsville, with Ed Heyler officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Services were also held at Kenyon Funeral Home, Elkland, on Nov. 2 with Ed Heyler officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or the church.

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