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John F. “Jack” Kroll

May 24, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - John F. "Jack" Kroll, 76, formerly of Hancock, died at Whitehall Healthcare Center of Novi, Mich., on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

He was born in Hancock on Sept. 4, 1935, a son of the late Lester and Martha (Houvinen) Kroll. He was a graduate of Houghton High School in 1953 and later served in the U.S. Army at Fort Sills, Okla. He married Carole Sue Hocking on Jan. 14, 1956, at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock.

He was employed first at Rotary Forms Press in Detroit for almost two years before going to work for Michigan Bell Telephone Company, also in Detroit. He then transferred to the Michigan Bell Telephone office in Calumet and then Hancock, retiring at age 54 in the late 1980s. He then worked for the company for an additional two years as a consultant.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hancock and the Telephone Pioneers in America. He had belonged to both the Houghton and Hancock Lions Clubs, helped at the Houghton County Arena and the Laurn-Grove ice rink and assisted in building wheelchair ramps at local homes with a local organization.

He enjoyed being in the woods, camping, fishing, hunting, woodworking and wild blueberry and thimbleberry picking. He built his own home and remodeled it several times.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his fathers and mothers- in-law, John and Angeline Ploof and Raymond Hocking; and a brother-in-law, Raymond Hocking.

He is survived by his wife, Carole of Novi; a son, Jeffrey (Victoria Huston) Kroll of Ann Arbor; a daughter, Linda (Robert) Crump of Novi; a grandson, John Kroll of Ann Arbor; a sister, Mary (Terrance) Collette of The Villages, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Martha Hocking of Atlantic Mine; a brother-in-law, Gerald (Ellen) Hocking of Hancock; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial luncheon gathering will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Since Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly helped them while at home in Hancock, the family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers be directed to that organization or to any group in which John was involved or charity of donor's choice.

The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is in charge of the arrangements.

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