The Rev. George P. Kropp, 66, pastor of the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, Laurel Run, passed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour Friday in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.
The Rev. Kropp was born in Coaldale, son of Mrs. Dorothy Smith Kropp, New Ringgold, and the late Stanley E. Kropp. He was a graduate of Tamaqua High School and served as a sergeant with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam and in Texas with the Third Combat Support Group. He was honored with several combat decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Medal, the Air Force Medal, and was rated a small arms expert marksman.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., and earned his Master of Divinity degree at Reformed Episcopal Seminary, Philadelphia. He was ordained by the General Conference of the Primitive Methodist Church, U.S.A., in 1980 and pastored churches in Mahanoy City, several churches in the Pittsburgh area, and St. Clair.
For the past 14 years, he had been pastor at Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, Laurel Run Borough. He had served as district superintendent of the Schuykill District of the Primitive Methodist Church for several years and was a member of the National Mission Board of the church. He had also been a merit badge counselor with Troop 55, Boy Scouts of America, at Firwood United Methodist Church.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 24 years, Carol L. Steinhart Kropp; sons, Matthew and Luke Kropp, all at home; sister, Remel Durilla, Orlando, Fla.; brothers, Stanley Kropp and his wife, Faye, Charleston, S.C.; Herbert Kropp and his wife, Kathy, Tamaqua; John Kropp and his wife, Marge, New Philadelphia, and Jeffery Kropp and his wife, Wanda, Tamaqua; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church with the Rev. Kerry R. Ritts, pastor, Hatboro Community Methodist Church, officiating. Interment with military honors by the U.S. Air Force will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Sunbury. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that donations in Pastor Kropp's memory be made to the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, 3835 Laurel Run Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706.
Published in Times Leader on July 1, 2013