KROEPSCH, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kay W. born Oct. 19, 1920, in Boston, MA, passed away quietly on Nov 23, 2012 in St. Petersburg. Kay was a devoted husband, father, and family man, who was always the first to generously give and the last to receive. In the Army Air Corps, he was a patriot and veteran of World War II, during which he flew "The Hump" over the Himalayas between India and China. The mountains were higher than his planes could fly, so the danger was formidable and ever present. He survived two crashes. Later, in the Air Force, he became a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and served with distinction. He was awarded medals from all three wars, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, two Bronze Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation. During his career, he enjoyed a wonderful life with his family, living in Japan, France, and Germany, as well as several locations in the USA. Kay retired to Florida in 1973, where he lived most of his years in Melbourne. He moved to St. Petersburg in 2011. Lt.Col. Kroepsch is survived by his loving wife, Edris and by his loving sister, Jacqueline "Little One", of Cape Cod, MA, and her family. He is also survived by his two sons, David of Parker Colorado and Steven of St. Petersburg. David's family includes his wife, Suzanne and their four children, Lara, Adrianne, Brendan, and Christine. Steven's family includes his wife, Diane, and their son, Daniel. There will be a funeral service and a Celebration of Life on Friday, Nov 30th in St. Petersburg. The funeral service will be at the Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home NE location at 5 pm. The Celebration will be afterwards for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for the families of soldiers in hospital. www.fisherhouse.org. www.andersonmcqueen.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 29, 2012