August 21, 2012
Francis J. Krokos Jr. passed away unexpectedly on August 21, 2012, at his home in Milwaukee, Wis.
Born September 2, 1956, Frank was a son of Francis J. Krokos and Mildred Novinski Krokos of Wilkes-Barre.
He was a graduate of Coughlin High School, class of 1974, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for seven years as navigator aboard the icebreaker, Westwind, throughout the Great Lakes. During his enlistment, he served with distinction, receiving numerous awards and commendations. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Frank attended the Milwaukee Area Technical College where he received two associate degrees, one in civil engineering and one in business.
Most recently, he had been doing much work with the local Milwaukee Veterans Association, particularly the Guitars for Vets program, where he taught guitar lessons to veterans from the Milwaukee area. He also participated in several programs with the Badger for the Blind organization in Wisconsin.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Kerry; daughters, Brittany, age 27, and her husband, Steven, Staci, age 24, and her husband, Nick, all of Milwaukee. Also surviving are his sister, Lois Ann Kruzlik and her husband, Thomas, Forty Fort; brother, Richard and his wife, Maureen, West Wyoming.
Funeral services were held with military honors at the time of his death in Milwaukee. In addition, the Milwaukee VA has scheduled a memorial service on September 24 to honor Frank for the work he did with the Milwaukee veterans.
A funeral Mass of remembrance for his Pennsylvania family and friends will be held Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict's Church, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartsonfuneralhome.com.