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Richard Kropp Obituary
Richard "Ritch" P. Kropp passed away peacefully at home on December 26, 2017, after a long illness. He was 77 years old. Father of seven children and a retired insurance executive, Ritch and his wife, Marge, have lived in Wilmette since 1976. Ritch was the loving husband of Margaret A. Kropp nee O'Toole for almost 52 years, and proud father of Mary Rita (John O'Connell) Kropp of Wilmette, Margaret "Meg" (Jonathan "JD") Glick of Chicago, Matthew (Monica) Kropp of Des Plaines, Nora (Vishnu Swaminathan) Kropp of Wilmette, Sarah (Jimmy) Amutavi of Wilmette, Michael (Annie Relias) Kropp of Wilmette, and Kathleen (Paul Bell) Kropp of Chicago. He was the devoted grandfather of Eamon, Lydia and Martin O'Connell, Abigail Kropp, Sai Isha and Anabella Swaminathan, Van Amutavi, Sophia and John Kropp,. Ritch is survived by his sister Dahli Kroplewski, of Berkeley, CA, and brother Michael Kropp of Round Lake Beach, IL, as well as his beloved uncle Robert Brugger of Chicago, several cousins and many loving nieces, nephews and in-laws. Known for his intelligence, wit and friendly smile, Ritch Kropp had a successful, 35-year career in the insurance industry, rising to executive positions at CNA and then Shand Morahan, where he led a unit that specialized in esoteric risks such as concert tours and large marine mammals. He worked as a consultant for several years after his retirement in 1995. The Kropp family home on Catalpa Place in Wilmette was a center of activity for Ritch, Marge, their children and a large circle of extended family and friends from St. Francis Xavier School and Parish, Regina Dominican High School, Loyola Academy and New Trier High School. Ritch was known as a master on the grill, an excellent golfer and a formidable card player. He was a former member of the Wilmette Golf Club and a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Francis Xavier. Ritch was also the treasurer of the Northshore CROP Walk for many years. Ritch and Marge especially enjoyed trips to visit their children in Kenya and India, and summer vacations on Cape Cod. Born in Chicago on October 31, 1940 to Margaret nee Brugger and Paul Kropp, Ritch grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, where he made friendships that lasted his entire life. He graduated from De Paul Academy and attended Loyola University before entering the insurance business. Ritch and Marge, who had known each other since seventh grade, were married on February 19, 1966 at St. Clements Church in Chicago. The Kropps lived in Cincinnati, Chicago and in Melrose, MA for several years before moving to Wilmette. The Kropp family is very grateful to JourneyCare, and especially Julie Carr, Ruth Callanta and Jeanine Thomas for their loving support in caring for Ritch in home hospice through the end of his life Visitation Thursday January 4th, 2018 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Friday, January 5th, 2018 9:15 a.m. from Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, at Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077. to St. Francis Xavier Church, 524 Ninth Street (Ninth Street and Linden Avenue), Wilmette, IL 60091 Mass 10:00 a.m. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ritch's name to Society of St. Vincent De Paul at St. Francis Xavier Church 524 Ninth Street, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 or JourneyCare, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, Illinois 60025. Info: www.donnellanfuneral.com or (847) 675-1990
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 4, 2018
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