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Phillip Krogmeier - January 26, 2011


Phillip Louis Krogmeier was born July 20, 1939 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the youngest child of Alois and Elva Krogmeier. He died Jan. 26, 2011 in Seattle, Wash.

He attended kindergarten at Sacred Heart School in Fort Madison and finished grade school at Holyoke after the family moved to Colorado in 1946. Phillip graduated from St. Patrick’s Academy in Sidney, Neb. and entered seminary in Conception, Mo., only to find the priesthood was not to be his vocation.

He then moved to San José, Calif., where he met and married Lynn Spangler. They were blessed with a daughter, Carolyn Lee, in 1969.

He worked as a purchaser for IBM until a tragic auto accident nearly took his life. With extensive brain and head injuries, he underwent many months of surgeries and recuperation. He continued to try to work for Litton Industries and later Alaskan Copper, also as a purchaser, but again found he was unable to continue. After all of this, he had to take physical disability retirement.

Phillip moved to Seattle, Wash. However, he was not one to sit and do nothing. He started helping the elderly widows in the neighborhood doing odd jobs and gardening and generally caring for them. They came to be his second family. One of his last concerns was about who would take care of them now.

Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Elva Krogmeier; brothers, Tom, Gene, Vince and Joseph; and sister, Betty.

Phillip is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Sherratt and husband Craig; grandchildren, Stephanie and Matthew; brother, Bill Krogmeier and wife Elvira; sisters, Shirley Krogmeier and Dolores Haskell; sisters-in-law, Mary Krogmeier and Jackie Krogmeier; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The rosary was held Feb. 3 and the funeral Mass was Feb. 4, both at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Holyoke with Father William Jungmann officiating. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.