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“So many memories of the old camping days! Gene was such a geat man! Remembering all those "PINK K's too on all the camping gear! We were all so...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Stech (Widner) - Lockport, IL

“Our prayers are with Helen and her family. We always looked forward to their annual winter stay in Clearwater and enjoyed the opportunity to worship...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Tom Loesch - Largo, FL - Friend

“I knew Gene from my early years at Caterpillar. I was only 16 at the time and he was very kind and helpful to me.He left a lasting impression on me...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Mr. Krohn was a wonderful, sweet man. I met him soon after his son Gary started dating my best friend Fran. His love of family, his wholesome nature...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jennifer Gammage - O'Fallon, IL

“I will always remember Pinkie making pancakes with the campers at the clubHe was a great guy and had a big heart too. He will be missed ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Diane Moutrey Patterson - NC

“Gene was a solid guy who related to adults and children alike. During the later days of his life I was privileged to deliver Meals On Wheels to him...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Darrell Holmquist - New Lenox, IL

“I remember Mr. Krohn as always smiling, a great sense of humor. My condolences to you, JoAnn, and your family. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Mary Murray Maertin - New Lenox, IL

“He is my uncle Glen Krohn brother. and I was the new lenox fire dept ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: John Fitzgerald - Joliet, IL


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Gene R. Krohn
Born August 23, 1927 at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island passed away peacefully at age 90 on September 10, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 69 years Helen (nee Riemer), four adult children Jane (Paul) Majewski, Susan (Michael) Kunce, JoAnn (John) Kneynsberg, and Gary R. (Mary Fran nee Blum) Krohn. Also survived by 11 grand children, and 5 great grand children, brothers Wade (Evelyn, deceased), Dale (Delores), Glen (Doris), and sister Carol (Marty Terlep). Preceded in death by his parents William and Ella (nee Yunker) Krohn.
Gene was a life long resident of New Lenox. Fifty year member of Trinity Lutheran Church, current member of Immanuel Lutheran, past member of the New Lenox Lions Club, and 28 year veteran of the New Lenox Volunteer Fire Department (retired Assistant Chief). He graduated from Joliet Township H.S. in 1945 and proudly served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1991 after 40 years of service.
He took pleasure in woodworking, camping, and motorcycle riding for countless years and was known to many as "Pinky the Clown". His smile was broad and bright, his laughter genuine, and his willingness to help others limitless. He was truly a part of "The Greatest Generation". Gene was blessed to have had a long retirement, enjoy a winter home in Clearwater, Florida, been a supporter of the New Lenox Historical Society, and participate in the 73rd Veterans Honor Flight from Chicago in 2016.
The family will receive visitors on Saturday, September 23, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 10731 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena beginning at 10am followed by a memorial service at noon. Interment will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial Gifts in remembrance of Gene may be made to Honor Flight Chicago (a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization) at 938 W. Montana Street, Chicago, IL 60614 (tel.) 773.227.VETS (8387) or https://www.honorflightchicago.org/donate/
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