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Francis (Frank) Lee Kroeger

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, Francis (Frank) Lee Kroeger, passed away at the age of 82 in his home, doing what he loved best, watching for deer from his back porch. 

He was born June 16, 1940 in Durham, Mo., to George L. and Lorena I. Schmid Kroeger.  He married Janet P. Zimmerman on Aug. 20, 1966 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy, Ill.  They raised three daughters, Carolyn, Julia and Lisa.

He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Nunn (Todd), Julia Wolf (Kevin), and Lisa Lake (Terry); grandchildren, Morgan and Logan Wolf, Alex and Andrew Nunn and Madison and Megan Lake; sisters, Gloria McDonald, Joyce Wellman and Sonia Abell; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his brother, James; his mother and father; his niece, Valerie Travis; his nephew, Dan Kroeger; his wife; his sister, Rose Beckman; and his brother, George. 

Francis (Frank) Lee Kroeger

As a young man, Frank entered the army in March 1962. He was later honorably discharged in September of the same year, but enlisted in the army reserves, serving from August 1963 through December 1967.  

He worked for Electric Wheel in Quincy, before dedicating his life to farming. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. 

He loved to hunt wild game, but mostly deer and geese.  He also loved to fish and hunt for arrowheads and mushrooms.  He collected guns, baseball cards and coins.  In his youth, he enjoyed trap shooting and actively competed.  

He also enjoyed watching drag racing, WWE wrestling, westerns and an occasional sci-fi film. Frank loved a good story and frequently told them with humor. He loved to go to auctions and was always searching for a good deal.

Frank lived simply, the way he wanted. He cared for his family and the land.  Flannel shirts, pocket tees, and blue jeans were his attire of choice.  His true passion was in growing things.  

He enjoyed planting sweet corn, watermelon and turnips.  This past summer, he grew spectacular sunflowers. He enjoyed the beauty of nature, always feeding squirrels, deer, and birds, with a special liking to hummingbirds and purple martins. 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ewing, Mo., with Father Callistus Okoroji officiating. Burial will be in the Queen of Peace Cemetery.  There will be a rosary service at the funeral home at 9 a.m. prior to the funeral mass.  

Pallbearers will be Stan Genenbacher, Gary Genebacher, James Abell, Logan Wolf, Alex Nunn and Andrew Nunn.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Ball-Davis Funeral Home in Ewing.

Memorials be made to Highland High School Future Farmers of America.

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