Kenneth Arthur Kroll, 97, of Pawnee City, Nebraska, formerly of Steinauer, Nebraska, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at his home. He was born on November 10, 1924 to Edward J. and Victoria (Hupka) Kroll in Sterling, Nebraska. As a child, he boarded at St. Mary’s Catholic grade school during the week, but went home on the weekends and helped his dad farm. After completing the 8th grade, Kenneth farmed with his dad.
On September 6, 1944 Kenneth married Loyola Conradt in Steinauer, Nebraska. To this union seven children were born, five boys and two girls. Kenneth and Loyola farmed on various farmlands around St. Mary's until the winter of 1958. All seven children were born during this time. They then moved to Steinauer and became business owners of Kroll’s Grocery and Locker Store. Besides working in the grocery store, Kenneth also worked at Campbell Soup and had a job turning in water samples to the state. Kenneth’s life was filled with sacrifice for his family and lots of hard work. After all his children completed high school and moved away from home, the grocery store was sold. Kenneth then farmed for John Steinauer (Recently he indicated he enjoyed this job the best). Kenneth also worked for St. Anthony’s Church as custodian and shoveled snow and mowed the church yard, cemetery, hall and other town yards until retiring when he turned 90. Kenneth’s health and mobility were excellent until the last several years.
His wife Loyola passed away. Later Kenneth married Carolee (Kerl) Howard on August 25, 2007. Carolee had five children from a prior marriage.
Kenneth was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Steinauer, NE where he served as an acolyte was a former member of the Steinauer Town Board. He was unable to enlist in the military due to a left eye injury. Kenneth loved to watch Nebraska football and volleyball games, shoot blue rock with a 410 shotgun, working outside in the yard and garden and tinkering with his old tractor. He always read the Sunday newspaper from front to back. Kenneth was extremely devoted to his Catholic faith.
He is survived by his wife Carolee Kroll of Pawnee City, NE, and Kenneth’s seven children: Ronald Kroll of Vero Beach, FL, David and wife Marge Kroll of Omaha, Dianna & husband Pat Wagner of Lincoln, John Kroll of Omaha, James Kroll of Omaha, Luetta and husband Irwin Schneider of Columbia, MO, Edward and wife Tricia Sparks-Kroll of Omaha, NE, 17 grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild and 33 great-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, sister Marcella Weber of Eden Prairie, MN; sister-in-law: Mary Kroll of Houston, MO; and Carolee’s family: 5 children, 16 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his first wife Loyola, parents, Edward and Victoria Kroll, sister Ruth & husband Leland Petersen, brothers Francis & wife Lucille Kroll and Martin & wife Lois Kroll of Houston, MO; brother-in-law Terry Weber and daughters-in-law, Mary Pat Kroll and Mary Jane Kroll.
Mass of Christian Burial Services: 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Steinauer, Nebraska. Officiating Father Michael Christensen. Rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m.
Visitation on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska.
Memorials to St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Interment in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Steinauer, Nebraska.
Online condolences may be left at www.wherrymortuary.com.