Rev. George P. Kropp
The Rev. George P. Kropp, 66, pastor of the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, Laurel Run Borough, passed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour on Friday, June 28, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of Dorothy (Smith) Kropp of 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, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Medal and the Air Force Medal, and was rated a small arms expert marksman.
- He was the husband of Carol L. (Stein-hart) Kropp. They were married for 24 years.
He received a bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., and earned his master of divinity degree at the 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 the Firwood United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his widow and mother are two sons, Matthew and Luke, both at home; a sister, Remel Durilla of Orlando, Fla.; four brothers, Stanley, and his wife, Faye, of Charleston, S.C., Herbert, and his wife, Kathy, and Jeffery, and his wife, Wanda, both of Tamaqua, and John, and his wife, Marge, New Philadelphia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Service: Funeral service 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kerry R. Ritts officiating. Interment with military honors by the Air Force, Northumberland Memorial Park, Sunbury. Call 2-4 o'clock this afternoon and 7-9 o'clock tonight, H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Contributions in his name may be made to the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, 3835 Laurel Run Rd., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18706.
Published in Times News on July 1, 2013