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Mark R. Krosch

Mark R. Krosch

Nov. 13, 1912 - Feb. 17, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Ripley Krosch, 96, of rural Morris, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter in Minneapolis.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Federated Church in Morris. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Elmore.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris.

He was born Nov. 13, 1912, in Elmore to John Henry and Bessie Adelia (Ripley) Krosch. He went to California and worked at a variety of jobs during the Great Depression. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers Company C, 139th Airborne Engineering Battalion. He fought in the battles of Rhineland, Ardennes, and throughout Central Europe. After his discharge on Oct. 26, 1945, he settled for a time in Jerome, Ariz., where he worked for Phelps Dodge.

He married Erma Lillian Farrow on Oct. 21, 1947, in Albuquerque, N.M. In 1949, they moved to Ledyard, Iowa, to run the family farm until 1953 when they moved to their own farm near Morris. They lived there for nearly 56 years. Erma died on Jan. 22, 2002.

He is survived by his daughters: Lillian (and Ram) Mittal, Leota (and Greg) Brucker, Mary (and Patrick) Rockhill, and Nola Krosch; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister: Helen Farrow of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.