He was 86, born March 10, 1913 in Osceola, Nebraska, the son of John and Amelia Micek Kropach.
In 1930 his grandfather, Thomas G. Micek, put him on a train to California because there was no work in Polk County, Nebraska.
He found a job in California as a gas station attendant, then worked in the war years in a defense plant, while attending school to become an electrician.
He married Martha Eleanor Donaldson in 1941, and worked as a journeyman electrician while raising a family in Downey.
He retired as an electrician in 1964, and opened a hardware store known as Mr. K's Hardware.
He later served as an officer for the California Hardware Association and the Downey Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife were also active in the Downey Historical Society.
The Kropachs were among the founding families of St. Raymond's Catholic Church, donating time and construction talents to the church and school. He served as a church usher for many years at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
He was active with senior citizens groups at the church. In his second retirement he moved to the Atrium in San Jose, and later to San Luis Obispo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha "Pat" Kropach, his brother, Lester Kropach, and his son-in-law, Bill Adrian.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Chamberlin of San Jose, Georgia Adrian of San Luis Obispo; six grandchildren, Karen Chamberlin Groseclose, Michael Chamberlin, Bill Adrian, Jim Adrian, Judi Chamberlin Schroeder and Claire Adrien Steiner; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Austin and Parker Groseclose and Ryan Schroeder.
Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements are by the Reis Chapel Funeral Directors of San Luis Obispo.
He excelled at cooking, bowling, fishing and gardening, and will be missed by his family.
Survivors include his wife, Emilia; his daughter, Nola; a grandson, Damon; and many friends.
He was 69, born in North Dakota, and was formerly employed as a structural engineer with Beven Herron Inc.
He was an avid golfer, past president of the Candlewood Country Club and a lifetime member of the CHP 11-99 Foundation for Fallen Police Officers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norell in 1988.
Survivors include his sons, Todd C. Norell (Lucy) of Whittier, Mark A. Norell (Vivian) of Manhattan, N.Y.; a brother, Stanley Norell of Penn Valley, California; sisters Judith Fitch of Mount Angel, Oregon, Violet Fitch of Prineville, Oregon; and a granddaughter, Inga Norell.
Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.
He was born May 20, 1910 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and moved with his family to California in 1929, where he became associated with Occidental Life Co.
During World War II he was a personal affairs officer at Air Force Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. Following the war he opened the Hal Baldwin Agency of TransAmerica Life in Huntington Park. He was active in the Kiwanis and started the first Toastmasters Club. He closed his agency in 1975, but continued his personal insurance and investment business. He and his wife, Virginia, moved to Laguna Hills in 1987.
Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were
by the McCormick & Son Mortuary of Laguna Hills.