John E. Kropetz |

John E. Kropetz

John E. Kropetz of Carbondale died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at Glen Valley Care Center in Glenwood Springs. He was 86.

He was born May 2, 1916, in Milwaukee, Wis.

He grew up on a farm, and told the story of delivering homemade bootleg whiskey while going to school, until the still caught fire and burned the barn down. Later, Mr. Kropetz rode freight cars across the country and into Mexico. He also told the story of apprehending a Mexican bandit single-handed, armed only with a 22-caliber single shot rifle.

He served in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II as a flight instructor.

Mr. Kropetz was a talented musician who played piano, guitar, banjo, accordion and mandolin. In the eastern United States he played and sang on the radio with the Triangle Trio.

He and his wife, Marge, toured the country on Harley Davidson motorcycles before they started raising a family.

Mr. Kropetz worked for Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, where he worked with the team developing a uni-pole generator for the first atomic submarine.

The family moved to Carbondale in 1972, and Mr. Kropetz worked for City Market and Safeway until 1981.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Kropetz; and brothers Charles and Tony Kropetz.

Mr. Kropetz is survived by a daughter, Sharon Kropetz of Racine, Wis.; son and daughter-in-law James and Judy Kropetz of Carbondale; sister, Marie Kropetz of West Allis, Wis.; and five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned.

Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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