Francis John Krokos Sr., of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, a humble servant of the Lord, entered into his eternal rest on Monday, June 17, 2013, at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.
Born on July 9, 1929, in Parsons, he was a son to the late John and Anna Lukasivich Krokos. He attended local schools and was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Class of 1947.
After graduation, Frank joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean Conflict. During his service, he was promoted quickly to staff sergeant. He became a radar instructor, teaching many cadets the duties they had to perform. While in the Air Force, he was a pitcher on a championship-winning softball team. His love of softball continued into his civilian life, where he was a pitcher on many trophy-winning teams for the VFW in Parsons.
When Frank returned home, his knowledge of electronics earned him a government job working for Maxxon in Old Forge, doing quality control. Frank left after a few years and began working for WGBI and WDAU as an electronics technician where he worked in the MUZAK division, setting up music system in public places like the Wyoming Valley Mall and other popular venues in our community. After 30 years, he retired and continued to work at the station as a handyman. Frank was a life-long ham radio operator, call sign WA3JVQ, who took part for many years in the Civil Defense Network.
He was always very active with his church and served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. John the Baptist Church in Miners Mills as well as the treasurer for the Men of the Sacred Heart. He had a great devotion for the rosary. He and his wife, the former Mildred Novinski, also known as Mille, led a weekly rosary prayer group at Blessed Sacrament Church in Miners Mills for more than 10 years. Later in life, they both were members of the rosary makers at St. Francis Church, making rosaries for servicemen overseas.
Frank was a current member of St. Benedict's Parish, Parsons, and the Joseph E. Conlon American Legion Post 558, Plains Township. He served his community as the vice president, and later president, of the Senior Citizens of Miners Mills.
He was a man of strong faith and moral character who was a good father and husband, and he will be missed dearly by his loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Francis J. Krokos Jr., sisters Josephine Krokos and Margaret Zapotoczny, and brother John Krokos Jr.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Millie, at home; daughter, Lois A. Kruzlik, and her husband, Thomas, Forty Fort; son Richard and his wife, Maureen, West Wyoming; grandchildren, PFC Brittany Chapman of the U.S. Army, stationed in Colorado; Staci Emanuele and her husband, Nicholas, Milwaukee, Wis.; sisters Delores Hiedix, Wilkes-Barre; Genevieve Nat, Hudson; Lillian McGrady and her husband, Michael, Plains Township; Ann Marie Swetz, Plains Township; brothers Joseph 'Zeb' and his wife, Jenny, Florida; Walter and his wife, Marianne, Wilkes-Barre; Richard and his wife, Diane, Plains Township; sister-in-law, Patricia Krokos, Wilkes-Barre; daughter-in-law, Kerry Krokos, Milwaukee; goddaughter, Michelle Bernardo, and her husband, Joseph, Spring City, Pa.; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Frank's funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from the Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Benedict's Church with the Rev. Joseph Kearney officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, with military honors provided by the U.S. Air Force and the American Legion Post 558, Plains Township. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Men of the Sacred Heart will recite the rosary during the calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to honor our veterans with memorial donations to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
For directions to the funeral home or to give condolences to the family, please visit www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.
Yanaitis Funeral Home
55 Stark St
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader on June 19, 2013