Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, June 26, 1986


Edwin Walter Kropp was born July 31, 1901 to Fred and Anna [Petau] Kropp near Osmond, Nebraska and died June 10, 1986 at the Plainview Manor.


He was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran Faith near Plainview and later confirmed at the age of 14 in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amherst. He acquired his schooling near Amherst in a country school. He helped with farming and as a young man married Carrie Fries. To this union two daughters were born. Mernia, deceased, and Mona Mae Spatz of Plainview, Nebraska. After Carrie's death in late 1937 he married Mildred Stark on February 11, 1939 at the St. Paul's Stark Valley Church at rural Plainview. He lived and farmed most of his life in the Amherst area until 1979 when they moved to Ogallala, Nebraska to live near the lake. In a few months, Mildred became ill and they moved into Ogallala, and later to Plainview.


He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers. He leaves to mourn his wife Mildred and daughter Mona and husband Wendell Spatz of Plainview, Nebraska; three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.


Services were held June 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview, Nebraska with Rev. Glenn Schultz officiating. Interment was in St. Paul's Cemetery near Amherst.







Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, November 4, 1937




Wife Of Edwin Kropp Dies Of Pneumonia After Two Weeks Illness


Funeral services for Mrs. Edwin Kropp of Amherst took place at the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Amherst Monday afternoon following her death Saturday morning, October 30, at a Haxtun hospital from pneumonia.


Mrs. Kropp's illness was of brief duration, lasting only about two weeks, and it was thought at the end of the first week that she was improving, when complications set in. She was then taken to the Haxtun hospital.


Rev. W.W. Wilk, pastor of the Amherst Church, officiated at the funeral services. Interment was made in the Amherst Lutheran Cemetery, beside the body of her daughter, Mernia, who preceded her in death.


Born in Denmark Mrs. Kropp was 37 years of age. She was born Carrie Fries,* the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Fries,* May 21, 1900, at Vijle, Denmark. She with her parents,* immigrated to America when she was four years old, the family settling at Humboldt, Iowa, but moving later to Stickney, South Dakota, where she received most of her schooling. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents to Hartwell, Nebraska, where she finished school.


Later, the family returned to Humboldt, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood. At the age of 21, she came to Colorado to visit her sister, Mrs. Fred Kropp, and it was here that she met Edwin Kropp to whom she was married on March 30, 1924. Except for a few years that she and her husband resided near Fleming; she spent the remainder of her life in the Amherst community. Two children were born to them, Mernia, who preceded the mother in death, and Mona Mae, now nine years old.


Mrs. Kropp was baptized in infancy, and on July 10, 1924, she was confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Amherst. She was regarded as a kind wife and a loving mother and was always found to be cheerful despite the fact that she had suffered much from sickness in the past nine years, during which time she had undergone three major operations.


Many Relatives Survive   She leaves to mourn her departure her bereaved husband and daughter, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Christian Fries, two sisters, four brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.


The mother, Mrs. Fries, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sorensen and Mr. and Mrs. Niels Olsen, came from

Humboldt, Iowa, for the funeral, and other relatives who came from elsewhere for the services were Mr. and Mrs. George Naggatz of Sterling.


*NOTE: Carrie was not the daughter of Christian Fries [Friis] - he was her stepfather. We don't

know the name of her father - we were told he disappeared while serving in the Danish Navy. Her mother immigrated sometime about 1903, met Mr. Friis, and married in Iowa. Carrie and her

sister Ella immigrated 31 Oct 1904 with their grandparents, Jens Peter Sørensen & Karin Mathea Jensen.








The Plainview News, Plainview, Nebraska, August 1988




Funeral services for Mildred M. Kropp, 76, of Plainview were held at 10 a.m. August 5 at Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview with Rev. Daniel Deardoff Sr. officiating. Paul bearers were Dean Schemmerhorn, Tim Spatz, Raymond Stark, Henry J. Goetz, Harvey Kumm and Lonnie Luehrs. Darlene Stelling was organist and the congregation sang “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” ”The Strife Is O’er, The Battle Done,” and “I Know My Redeemer Lives.”


Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. August 6 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Amherst, Colorado with Rev. John Larson officiating. Paul bearers at Amherst were Daryl Kropp, Melvin Naggatz, Roy Buchleiter, Henry Gemaehlich, Jay Dean Krueger and Robert Conklin. Ashburn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mildred Martha Emilie Stark Kropp was born on April 27, 1912 in Pierce County to Frank and Martha (Lehnert) Stark and passed away August 3, 1988 at the Plainview Public Hospital at the age of 76 years, three months and seven days.


She was baptized on May 26, 1912 at her home by Rev. Jacob Holstein. She received her confirmation instruction and was confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Stark Valley on February 14, 1926 by Rev. Enno Budde. She graduated from the eighth grade on May 21, 1926. She attended elementary and high school at District 23 in Pierce County.


On February 11, 1939 she was married to Edwin Kropp at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Stark Valley. They farmed in Amherst, Colorado until their retirement in 1981. They lived in the Ogallala area until 1986 when they moved to the Plainview Manor.


She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother; her husband, Edwin; a brother, Harold Stark; a sister, Edna, in infancy; and two grandchildren.


She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mona “Connie” and Wendell Spatz of Plainview; three grandchildren, David and Audrey Spatz of Buckeye, Arizona, Tim and Lynn Spatz of Pierce and Debra and Dean Schemmerhorn of Lincoln; eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Martha Luehrs of Kearney, Delores Kumm of McLean and Lucille Goetz of Plainview; a brother, Henry Stark of Plainview; two sisters-in-law, Wilma Stark of Plainview and Charlene Kropp of Holyoke, Colorado and two aunts, Emma Spath of O’Neill and Louise Buchholz of Plainview.


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