Arthur A. "Art" Kroetch

Arthur A. "Art" Kroetch, age 80, of Philip, died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Arthur Albert "Art" Kroetch was born August 18, 1926 in Hilland, South Dakota, the son of Fredrick and Pearl (Boyce) Kroetch. He grew up on his parents' homestead and received his education at the Elbon Rural School.

As a young man he worked with his family and various ranchers in that area. In 1948, he owned and operated a custom haying business.

Art was united in marriage to Eleanor May Johnson on June 30, 1950 in Cottonwood, SD. In November 1950, Art entered the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed with the 549th Engineering Base Survey Company in California and Alaska. In November 1952, he was honorably discharged and returned to his custom haying business. In 1956, Art and Eleanor started a salvage yard in Philip, which eventually turned into Scotchman Industries known today.

In January 2001, they retired and spent summers in South Dakota and winters in Sun City, Arizona, and traveled to their children's homes in between.

Art was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion, all of Philip. He served on the Philip Independent School Board for ten years, and a Haakon County Commissioner for ten years, and served on the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital Board for many years.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Eleanor, of Philip; two sons, Bruce Kroetch and his wife, Linda, and Jerry Kroetch and his wife, Karen, all of Philip; four daughters, Mary Arnold and her husband, Richard, of Colorado Springs, CO, Barbara Rislov and her husband, Gerry, of Philip, Sharon Scozzaro and her husband, Michael, of Chandler, AZ, and Carol Asheim and her husband, Dan, of Hill City, South Dakota; a daughter in-law, Karla Kroetch of Philip; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Kroetch and his wife, Kay, and Fritz Kroetch and his wife, Barbara, all of Philip; one sister, Lottie Walker of Renton, WA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Art was preceded in death by a son, Steve Kroetch; his parents; and four siblings, Ralph Kroetch; and three in infancy, twins, Marion and Mary Ann, and one brother, Fredrick.

Public memorial services were held at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, at the Philip High School, with Father Ron Garry officiating.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 9, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant, and Father Tony Grossenburg as con-celebrant.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, Maureen Palecek, vocalist, and the Haakon County Crooners. Lectors were Lloyd Frein and Micky Reedy. Altar servers were Bethany and Kelsie Kroetch. Speakers were Joe Raver, John Hart, Charles Ekstrum and Ray Flynn.

Ushers were Greg Weber, Keith Emerson, Jerry Carley and Charles Ekstrum. Pallbearers were Art's grandsons, Martin, Jaris, Ross and Josh Kroetch, Benjamin and Jason Arnold, Alan and Adam Rislov and Michael Scozzaro.

Interment with military honors by the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173 of Philip,was held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

A memorial has been established. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com