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Richard James Krokel

June 2, 1936 ~ October 17, 2018 (age 82)
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Richard James Krokel, 82, of Aberdeen, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at Avera Mother Joseph Manor in Aberdeen.  His wishes were to be cremated.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, at Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, with Father Michael Griffin officiating. 

A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.

Burial, with military rites, will take place at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Aberdeen.

Visitation at the mortuary will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Friends may sign Richard’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at

Richard James Krokel was born June 2, 1936, in Mobridge, SD to William G. and Emma (Bertsch) Krokel.  He was raised on the family farm near Mound City, SD.  At a young age, Richard and his family moved to Aberdeen, where he attended Aberdeen public schools.

Richard entered the National Guard and later enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country until he was honorably discharged in January of 1958.  He then returned to Aberdeen.

Richard was united in marriage to Carol K. Fishback on June 25, 1958, in Aberdeen.  Their union was blessed with three sons:  Richard II, Kerry, and Brad.  The family made Aberdeen their home, where Richard worked for 33 years for the Milwaukee Railroad and Burlington Northern.  He continued to reside in Aberdeen until the time of his death.

Richard was a member of the United Transportation Union and Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24 of Aberdeen.  In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.  Richard was also an avid gardener.  He enjoyed sports as well, and especially enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings on television.

Grateful to have shared in Richard’s life is his wife of 60 years, Carol Krokel of Aberdeen; his sons, Richard II (Nida) Krokel of Aberdeen and Kerry Krokel of Fargo, ND; two grandchildren, Richard III (Jamie) Krokel and Nicholas (Lisa) Krokel; four great-grandchildren:  Alex, Kaelyn, Declan, and Zella (with two more great-grandchildren expected in Spring 2019); his brother, William Krokel of Rapid City, SD; his sister, Carol (Randy Holm) Rieger of Maple Grove, MN; one step-sister, Darlene (Ron) Nichols of Kent, OH; brother-in-law, John (Shirley) Fishback of Aberdeen; many nieces and nephews; special family friends:  Rita, Kevin, and Trent Schipke; and life-long neighbor, Mike Schumacher.

Richard was preceded in death by his son, Brad Krokel in 1986; parents, William and Emma Krokel; stepfather, Adam Rieger; and stepsister, Dolores Maynard.   

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