Vince Krogmeier - June 16, 2010Vincent Leo Krogmeier, 80, of rural Holyoke, was born July 6, 1929 in Fort Madison, Iowa. He died June 16, 2010 at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.
Vince was the fourth of nine children born to Alois S. and Elva Pearl (Greene) Krogmeier. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at Sacred Heart Church in Fort Madison and became a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke in 1946.
Vince attended school at Sacred Heart Grade School until ninth grade, when he left to help on the family farm near Fort Madison. They raised corn, hay, cattle and hogs and farmed with horses.
Vince moved with his family to Phillips County in 1946. They spent their first winter in Colorado in a house on the Biddle ground seven miles north of Holyoke. In the spring, they moved to a house on the old Charlie Oltjenbruns place and spent the next three years there.
In the spring of 1949, they moved to Amherst. When the family first moved to Colorado, they were engaged in baling wheat straw for the H&D Paper Company in Fort Madison. Straw was loaded onto rail cars in Holyoke and Amherst for shipment to Fort Madison where it was used in the production of corrugated paper.
In time, the family began a custom baling business, putting up cane, hay, oats, millet and straw for area farmers and ranchers. Vince and his brother Bill were partners in Krogmeier Baling Service for many years.
Vince married Jacqueline Ella-Marie Hogden May 5, 1958 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in St. Joseph, Mo. They spent their first year in Holyoke, moved to Amherst the next year and lived there until 1977 when they moved to a farm northeast of Holyoke where he lived for the rest of his life. To this union, six children were born: James Vincent, Janet Marie, Paul Bernard, Judith Marie, Ernest Matthew and Joseph Leo.
In 1960, Vince began farming with the purchase of a lease of seven dryland quarters from the Biddle family. Over the years, the farming business grew until he stopped custom baling in 1992 to concentrate on farming.
Vince was a charter member of the Holyoke Council of the Knights of Columbus, and he served for a number of years on the Amherst Fire Department and the board of directors of the Amherst Cooperative. In his younger years, his main hobby was his work. He occasionally hunted for pheasant and elk. In his later years, he found pleasure in gardening and traveling to Germany to visit family.
Vince was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joseph, Tom and Gene; and sister, Betty.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jackie; sisters, Shirley and Delores; brothers, Bill and Phillip; children, Jim Krogmeier and wife Julie, Janet Mitchell and husband Patrick, Paul Krogmeier and wife Laura, Judy Studer and husband Paul, Ernie Krogmeier and wife Stephanie and Joe Krogmeier and wife Stacey; grandchildren, Claudia Krogmeier, Paul Krogmeier, Jacqueline Krogmeier, Timothy Krogmeier, Sarah Mitchell, Jeanie Uptain and husband Matt, Andrew Mitchell, Edward Mitchell, Nicholas Mitchell, Karen Lewis and husband Kirtlan, Diana Krogmeier, Philip Krogmeier, Teresa Krogmeier, Elizabeth Studer, Vincent Studer, Benjamin Studer, Jacob Studer, Amy Krogmeier, Ryan Krogmeier, Emily Krogmeier, Elise Krogmeier, Dominic Krogmeier and Luke Krogmeier; great-grandchildren, Honoria Uptain and Mitchell Uptain; and many more nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held June 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke with Father William Jungmann presiding. Interment was at Holyoke Cemetery. Services were provided by Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Holyoke or Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation.