Orville H. “Pep” Krosch age 86, of Good Thunder, died Monday, November 21, 2011 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Vernon Center. Visitation time will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow in Vernon Center Cemetery. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago is assisting the family with the arrangments. Web tributes may be left at www.spencerowen.com. Should friends desire expressions of sympathy are preferred in the form of donations to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Sunday School Fund or the American Diabetes Association.
Orville was born August 22, 1925 the third son to Bernard and Amanda (Goltz) Krosch in Hebron Township, Kossuth County, Iowa. He was baptized on September 13, 1925 in Stevens, Iowa and confirmed on April 2, 1939 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Vernon Center, MN, where he has been a lifetime member. He served in the US Army from 1946 to 1947. Following WW II he returned to the family farm south of Good Thunder. On September 22, 1948 he married Loretta Diel in Vernon Center, his life partner of 63 years. Together they raised four sons: Wayne (Pat) Krosch of Vernon Center, Douglas (Jennie) Krosch of Vernon Center, Steve (Deb) Krosch of Lake Crystal, Mark (Crista) Krosch of Mankato and daugther, Doreen (Kevin) Hoffman of Elgin, MN. 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He enjoyed coffee breaks, old time music, ball games, grandchildren and great grandchildren and farming. In his later years he was able to farm with his son, Doug, grandson, Adam until the age of 85.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta, his five children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister-in-law, Marilyn (Jim) Stevens of Amboy, sister-in-law, Sharon Schwanke of Brainerd and dear cousins, Art, Jr. & Brenda Dougherty and their four daughters.
He was preceded in death by parents, Bernard & Amanda, two brothers, Ervin (Harriett) Krosch and Elmer (Agnes) Krosch and brother-in-law, Arnie Schwanke.
The Krosch family wishes to give special thanks to the Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Hospice West Team for their excellent care.