Laurel J. Kroupa

April 6, 2019 GMT

Laurel Joseph Kroupa “Lolly,” 81, of Apache Junction, Arizona, formerly of Watertown, passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

A memorial service will be held on April 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church, Watertown, with Pastor Alan Klatt officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Laurel was born on April 12, 1937, in Waukesha, to Delbert and Mary (nee Domjen) Kroupa. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1956. He married Betty (nee Brunker) in 1957 and they were together for 30 years. He was drafted in 1960 and faithfully served in the Army for two years. After the service, he started working at his father’s construction company, Kroupa Manor Inc. In 1965, he began his career with Stevens Construction. As a superintendent with Stevens, he was involved in many projects in the Milwaukee and Madison areas. He ended his working career with Boldt Construction.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards. Besides catching fish, he perfected his smoking technique in his homemade smoker. Watching NASCAR races was also a favorite pastime. He even made it to a few big races. He attended many car races at the Milwaukee Mile race track in his younger days. He also enjoyed watching and cheering on the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Badger football and basketball teams. During his retirement he started spending winters in Arizona. He eventually moved there in 2013. He became a member of the local VFW.

He is survived by his children, Laurie (Keith) Christian of Concord, Laurel Jr. (Kara) Kroupa of Tomahawk, Chad (Tina) Kroupa of Hartford and Veronica Quednau (formerly Deanna Kroupa). He is survived by his sister Patricia Kenitz (Escondido, California), brother Delbert (Shirley) Kroupa (Canton, Michigan), sister Virginia Gimler (New Berlin) and brother Michael Kroupa (Milwaukee), and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Louise (Joseph) Hrovat.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church or a charity of one’s choice.