Eugene Kropf, 83, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, in Community Health Partners West, Lorain, Ohio.
He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Vermilion where he was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Vermilion High School, attended Cornell University and graduated from the National Electrical Institute, Washington, D.C. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II in both the European and Asiatic Pacific theaters. He worked as an electrical contractor in Vermilion, then 29 years for Motorola Communications. He joined the Vermilion Fire Dept. in 1962, becoming chief in 1976 and retired as chief in 2006. He had also worked as a part-time electrical and building inspector. He was a member of the Vermilion Evangelical and Reformed Church, a life member of Amvets Post 22 in Vermilion, as well as various electrical and building organizations throughout Ohio. He enjoyed sailing and his electronic radios.
Survivors include a son, Charles Kropf of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughters, Abbey Kropf of Willoughby and Ashley Kropf of Akron.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Ann Kropf in 2002; parents, Walter and Margaret Rose (Krozsier) Kropf; and a brother, Kenneth Kropf .
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion, where the Vermilion Veterans Council will conduct military honors at 6 p.m. and where services will be 10 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions may be made to the Eugene and Ann Kropf Memorial Scholarship, 1230 Beechview Dr., Vermilion, OH 44089; or Huntington's Disease Society, 158 West 29th St., New York, NY 10001.
Condolences may be made to riddlefuneralhome.com.