Orville W. Kroenke, 65, of Iola, passed at 3:25 p.m., Thursday May 31, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo.
He was born May 13, 1953 in Girard, son of Oscar and Ida Mae (Howell) Kroenke. Orville attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School at rural Hepler, Kansas and graduated from Girard High School. He received a degree in Welding from Pittsburg State University.
Orville served in the US Marines during the Vietnam Conflict from 1971 until 1976.
He married Susan Baker on Sept. 14, 1975 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Hepler. She survives of the home.
They lived in Oceanside, California while Orville was in the service before moving to Brazil-ton, and then to Iola in 1983.
While in Brazilton, Orville was a farmer and stockman. After moving to Iola he worked in construction.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. After retiring he enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, riding horses, and doing projects with his grandchildren.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Susan, a son, CPT. Scott Kroenke, US Army, and his wife, April, of Portland, Ore.; his daughter, Amy Grizzard, and her husband, Scott, of Valentines, Va.; his grandchildren Austin and Jessica Kroenke, Harrison and Emma Claire Grizzard. His brothers Keith Kroenke, and his companion, Vicki, of Bowling Green, Missouri, Robert Kroenke, and his wife, Deanna, of St. Paul, and Edward Kroenke of Big Sandy, Texas; his sisters, Joy Holloway, and her husband, J.D., of Girard, Reta Baker, and her husband, Bill, of Fort Scott, and Janice Baker, and her husband, Charley, of Hepler.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Freda Kos, and brother-in-law, Al Kos.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Hepler with Pastor Jay Hobson officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hepler.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m., Monday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where friends may call after 2 p.m., Monday.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or Smiles From Jamie Foundation. These may be left at the Immanuel Lutheran Church or Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.