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Gordon Kropp, 94, Green Bay, died at home on January 31, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Gordy was born on May 22, 1919 to Lucy (Pelegrin) and Phillip Kropp in Mill Center, Wisconsin. As a result of his mother dying when he was age seven and his father at seventeen, Gordy developed an inner strength early in life. In 1940, he married the love of his life, Evelyn Macco. Together they had five children. Gordy's inner strength supported his wife and family during difficult times especially the loss of their ten-year-old daughter, Susan. Gordy and Evelyn celebrated 62 years of marriage prior to her death in 2003. He was proud of being able to live independently in his own home until his passing.
Gordy was employed by Ruan Transport for 20 years and LaCombe Mack Sales until his retirement in 1982. He served on the Green Bay City Council and Brown County Board for 28 years, serving as City Council President and County Board Chairman, ending his final term in 1994. He was a member of St. Patrick's Parish for over 60 years where he was involved in the Holy Name Society and served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the B.P.O.E. (Elk's) Club, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He loved the Packers, dancing, playing the piano and accordion, telling jokes, doing card tricks for his grandchildren, and always found humor in even the most difficult situations.
He was very proud of his family. He is survived by four of his children and their spouses, Sharon and Charlie Apple, Larry and Mary Kropp, Debbie and Michael Koval, and Cindy and Patrick Le Clair. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Tom (Anita) Apple, Susan (Evan) Lin, Alex and Ryan Kropp, Michael and Maria Koval, and Michelle, Christopher, and Luke Le Clair; five great granddaughters, Charley and Danika Apple and Emily, Elise, and Sophia Lin. He is further survived by his special companion, Janet Cornelissen and his in-laws, Harry Macco, Arnold Macco and Donna (Lyle) LaPlante, in addition to many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, his daughter Susan, his sister Viola Tappa (who raised him after his mother's death), brother, Alvin Kropp and in-laws: Ray Tappa, Clifford and Gerry VanLanen, Ed and Arletta Leanna, Kate Macco, Delores Macco and Harriet Kropp.
Family and friends may visit Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., on Tuesday, February 4th from 4-8 p.m. with the prayer and sharing of memories at 7 p.m. Visitation continues at St. Patrick's Church, 211 N. Maple Ave., Green Bay, WI on Wednesday, February 5th from 9:30 a.m. until the Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to benefit St. Patrick's Parish and Unity Hospice.
A special and heartfelt thank you to Dad's caregivers for your loving and dedicated care; we could not have done it without you. Thank you to Unity Hospice for your support during this difficult time. Also, thank you Dr. John Rank for your patience and kindness.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2014