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Steve A. Kroetch

Steve A. Kroetch, age 54, of Philip, died Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, January 21, at the Philip High School Auditorium with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Altar servers were Bethany and Kelsie Kroetch. Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist. Lector was Rita O’Connell. Ushers were Alan and Adam Rislov, Ross and Josh Kroetch, Ben and Jason Arnold and Michael Scozzaro. Pallbearers were Ray Fomanek, Bill Thorson, Frank Hansen, Floren Falzone, Darrel Peterson and Jerry Ingram.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

Steven A. Kroetch, better known as "Steve" to his family and friends, was born July 15, 1951, at the Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco, CA, the son of Arthur and Eleanor (Johnson) Kroetch.

In the spring of 1953, he moved with his family to Philip, SD. Steve attended Philip Elementary School and attended high school at Assumption Abby in ND, for three years, before returning to Philip High School for his senior year, graduating in 1969.

After graduation, Steve worked for Scotchman Industries in Philip.

Steve was united in marriage to Karla Brooks on December 18, 1971, and to this union were born three children, Michelle "Micky", Martin, and Jaris. They continued to make their home in Philip, where Steve worked for Scotchman until 1981. In 1981, Steve purchased L&S Salvage which he operated until 1983, at which time he formed a partnership with Roger Buhman, changing the name to Rost Industrial. In 1988, Steve managed BEWO Saw Factory for Scotchman Industries. In 1992, Steve started Kroetch's Machine and Metal, which he owned and operated until selling the business in 2001. In 2004, he built his prize shop where he loved spending time working and visiting with friends and family.

Steve was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip; a member of the Knights of Columbus; the Lake Waggoner Golf Course, and a member of the special golf team "3 Dogs." Steve was a huge supporter of Philip wrestling, and loved to watch hours of tennis on television. Steve also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Karla of Philip; a daughter, Micky Reedy and her husband, Matt, of Philip; two sons, Martin Kroetch of Philip, and Jaris Kroetch of Rapid City; two grandchildren, Ashton and Dawson Reedy; his parents, Arthur and Eleanor Kroetch of Philip; two brothers, Bruce Kroetch and his wife, Linda, of Philip, and Jerry Kroetch and his wife, Karen, of Philip; four sisters, 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; his mother-in-law, Alice Brooks of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Viola and Martin Johnson; his paternal grandparents, Pearl and Frederick Kroetch; his father-in-law, Lloyd Brooks; and his brother-in-law, Steve Brooks.

Memorials may be directed to Karla Kroetch, P.O. Box 497, Philip, SD 57567.