Kenneth Edwin Krodel, 77, North Carolina

Kenneth Edwin Krodel, 77, died peacefully at Wilson Medical Center on June 26, 2019 after a lengthy battle with chronic lung disease. He was surrounded by his loving wife and three children.

A resident of Wilson and Snow Hill, North Carolina, for 43 years, Ken was born February 22, 1942 in Jasper, the third son of the late Raymond and Marjorie Krodel. As a kid, he was a talented baseball and basketball player and caddied at the local golf club where he learned the game he would grow to love. He graduated from Jasper High School in 1960 and won a scholarship to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. After college, he became a plant engineer at Jasper Rubber Products and enjoyed a 40-year career in the rubber industry, including Plant Manager positions at Tri-State Products in Cookeville, Tennessee, Goshen Rubber in Snow Hill, North Carolina, and Goshen Rubber in Wilson, North Carolina. He retired in 2002 after directing the rubber division at Flexaust in El Paso, Texas.

Ken was a fair boss, a committed husband and a proud father and grandfather. He was a hard worker and a perfectionist who believed in doing things just the right way whether in the office, mowing the lawn, or woodworking. Friends, family and colleagues have countless stories about Ken’s exacting standards. He also is known for his mischievous side and his memorable one-liners. Ken enjoyed family time, playing poker with the adults and checkers with the grandchildren. And the grandchildren always looked forward to the family tradition of doing scratch-off cards with their Papaw.

Ken loved sports — playing them in his earlier years and watching them as he got older. His greatest sports achievement was in 1984 when he made a Hole in One during the Walnut Creek Member Guest Golf Tournament and won a Chrysler Fifth Avenue and was named the WITN Sports Hero of the Week.

He gave back to his communities throughout his life, serving in the Indiana National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s and later was a peewee baseball coach and a member of Snow Hill Rotary Club and the Greene County Committee of 100.

Ken is survived by his dedicated and incredibly patient wife Beverly; son and daughter-in-law Brad and Jennifer Krodel of Snow Hill; daughter and son-in-law Audrey Truman and Rob Boisvert of Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law Beth Krodel and Bryan Smith of Boulder, Colorado; grandchildren Dennis, Alyssa, Zane, Forrest, Sofi and Laird; and great-grandchildren Colton and Cash. Ken also is survived by his two older brothers Ron and Gene Krodel, both of Indianapolis.

A Graveside Service will be held at Snow Hill Cemetery at 11 am on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life at Calvary Memorial United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 W. Greene St., Snow Hill.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, 13123 E. 16th Ave., Box 045, Aurora, CO 80045, or to a charity of your choice.

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