Jerry Krocke

Jerry Krocke

(April 18, 1953 - January 25, 2017)






By Anna Chinnici Servati

Why is it that we always loose the best ones too soon? Jerry Krocke was definitely one of the best..a totally class act with a heart of gold. He was kind, compassionate, a gentleman, and selfless with his time, knowledge, and friendship.

Just weeks before he died I learned that he married his best friend, Bonnie Jo. I was so thrilled for them. I wrote a post on his Facebook page expressing how happy I was and sending my good wishes.  When I didn't get a response, I just sensed that something was wrong. Then I got my answer but not at all the one I had expected. It's hard to express how I felt when I first learned that he was battling cancer and was in hospice.

I knew the end was near and yet I wanted to wish it away. My heart was sad… sad….and I knew that all his friends from high school would feel the same.  He was a private man with not an ounce of boastfulness or arrogance. I'm wondering if that is why he didn't want anyone to know he was ill. I believe that even in the end he wanted to spare us all the sadness and heartbreak that this news would bring us. This is the kind of man Jerry was…..always thinking of others.

In high school, he always had a big smile on his face. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always ready with a joke or funny story to share. I hope his family decides to keep his Facebook page open (at least for a while). When you read all the posts shared by his colleagues and friends, it's evident that his positive outlook and great personality never changed.

We thank him for the many years of service to his beloved Country. After 26 years of honorable service, Jerry retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief and later served at the Naval Station in Great Lakes, IL.  He touched the hearts of many people and played a significant role in their lives.

His spirit will live on in all our treasured memories and we will always remember and love him. The EHS Class of 1971 extend their deepest condolences to his wife, Bobbi Jo and her family; his son and daughter-in-law; and to all who loved him and will never forget what a special man he was. We send them prayers for peace and strength during this very sad time.

Our hearts ache with his loss and he will be sorely missed, but we now have another angel watching over us. Fair Winds and Following Seas Master Chief!

Rest in peace my dear friend until we meet again.








































Obituary for Jeroon A. Krocke (1953-2017)

Fox Lake, IL: Age 63, passed away on January 25, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 18, 1953 in Rochester, New York, the son of the late Jeroon W. and Sara E. Krocke. On January 2, 2017, he married Bobbie Jo Garber. 

Jerry retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer after 26 years of honorable service. After his military service, he served as a Safety Officer in a variety of capacities in Great lakes, IL. Jerry was well known for his sharp wit, telling a great story and his enjoyment of cooking. His family will miss him very much.
He is survived by his beloved wife Bobbie Jo, son and daughter-in-law; JK and Nikkii Krocke of Elgin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeroon W. and Sara E. Krocke. 

Visitation will take place on: Tuesday, January 31st from 10am to 1pm at the Chapel Forrestal Village, 2630 Ohio Avenue, Great Lakes, IL. Service will begin at 1pm with military honors to follow. Interment will be private.

If desired memorial donations may be directed to The Humane Society, Dept. Memorial Donations, 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 450, Washington D.C. 20037. Arrangements were made by Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050.

For more information contact the funeral home at 815-385-0063 or visit Published in Rochester Democrat & Chronicle on Jan. 29, 2017.


Rest in Peace Jerry

Respectfully the Class of 1971

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