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Harry Krogh - Class Of 1939

Harry V. Krogh, 90, of Baraboo, W, passed away into our Savior's loving arms on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Harry was born on October 4, 1921, to the late William and Selma (Woydelko) Krogh in Kenosha, WI.  He was baptized at Frieden's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and he was confirmed at St. Mary's Danish Lutheran Church, both in Kenosha.  He attended Hannon Graded School, McKinley Jr. High School, Mary D. Bradford High School, and the Kenosha College of Commerce.

On September 17, 1949, he married Doris Grace Badtke at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bristol, Wis.  They raised three children in Kenosha:  David Harry, born 1950, Steven Barry, born in 1955 and Barbara Janel, born in 1969.  The entire family attended church and school in the Kenosha area. Harry was very proud that all three children graduated from college.

Harry began working at Snap-On Tools in 1941. After the U.S. entered World War II, he took flight training at Kenosha Airport and enlisted in the Army Air Force.  He was initially a check pilot in the Air Training Command.  He later was transferred to the 13th Army Air Force in the Philippines, where he flew P-38 Lightnings.  This was his favorite plane of all he had flown.  He returned to Kenosha in 1946 and continued in the Air Force Reserve until he was honorably discharged as a Major in 1955.  He worked at Snap-On Tools after the war in the Machine Shop as a Cutter Grinder until he retired in 1983.

Harry was active in Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years as a church councilman and with the church choir.  He loved to sing and would hum along to tunes whenever music was present.  One of his favorites was a Spanish song he learned in a high school class entitled "El Rancho Grande".  He didn't have many piano lessons growing up, but he knew that song by heart and kept it with him throughout his life.  Harry taught his sons to build furniture and do other woodworking projects at home while he served as a 4-H leader. He and Doris enjoyed traveling and camping in the summers with the children and seeing different parts of the country.  His most memorable trip was to Denmark to visit relatives with his family in 2001.  Harry was also active in the Danish Brotherhood in Enumclaw, WA and Kenosha, WI.  He was an avid bowler for many years while in Kenosha.  Harry always loved a good game of pinochle or a good book to read.

Harry and Doris lived in Kenosha until 1987 when they moved to Washington State.  They returned to Kenosha in 1998.  In 2006 they moved to Baraboo, WI, to live close to Barbara's family.  Harry moved into the Golden Living Center, Wisconsin Dells in March 2011.  He kept his good sense of humor to the end.

Harry is survived by his wife, Doris, of Baraboo, WI, and children, David (Dorothy) Krogh, Portland, OR, Steven (Paula), Issaquah, WA, and Barbara (David Jarvis, MD) of Baraboo, WI.  He is survived by grandchildren, Ian and Laura Krogh of Portland, OR, and William and Bethany Jarvis of Baraboo. Harry is also survived by his brother, Charles (Ann) Krogh of St. Charles, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Selma Krogh; his stepmother, Edith, and his sister, Anita (Krogh) Leonard.

The funeral service for Harry will be held on Friday, October 28, at 2:00PM at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kenosha, with the Pastor David Pagel officiating.  Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service.  Military rites will be given at the church.  A private ceremony for interment will be at Sunset Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, WI, at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Ewing and all the staff at the Golden Living Center for all their help, support and kindness through the last few difficult months. We appreciate the love and excellent care you have shown Harry from the moment he joined you until he departed for his eternal home.