Jerry Wayne Kroschel, 1968-2005
MONTROSE – Jerry Wayne Kroschel, a former ironworker in the valley, died Friday at Montrose Memorial Hospital of a brain tumor. He was 36. Kroschel was born June 9, 1968 to Norman Edwin and Wilma Jean (Beardslee) Kroschel at a U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany. Kroschel spent his childhood in Montrose, Colo., and graduated from Montrose High School. Kroschel worked as a maintenance man at the Best Western Motel in Montrose and was a professional welder and fabricator at Industrial Systems in Delta. He later moved to Leadville and did ironwork in the Vail Valley. Kroschel then moved back to Montrose, were he lived until his death. He was a member of Elk Lodge No. 1235 in Delta, Sons of the American Legion Post No. 24, and Two Mile High Off Road Club. Friends and family members say he loved four-wheel driving, fishing, snowmobiling, hunting and camping. They say he also loved woodworking and welding. Kroschel was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Floyd Beardslee and Edwin Kroschel; grandmother Thelma Lilly; and step-grandmother Rose Kroschel. Kroschel is survived by his parents, Norman and Wilma Kroschel of Delta; three brothers: Steve Kroschel and wife Tari of South Jordan, Utah, Alan Kroschel and wife Sangwan of Bangkok, Thailand, and Barry Kroschel and wife Carrie of Leadville; grandmother Ruby Beardslee of Montrose; several nieces and nephews: Justin, Michael, Mathew, Heather, Tiffany, Ashley and Collette; and numerous other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Thursday in Montrose. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Jerry Kroschel to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Plaines, IL, 60018-4110, or to the Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO, 81401 to defray funeral expenses. Vail, Colorado
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