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Hilly Krokstrom

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Hillis Raymond “Hilly” Krokstrom, Jr., 84, of Chanute, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at Diversicare in Chanute. Hilly was born on March 1, 1933 in Elsmore, the son of Hillis Raymond Sr. and Dorothy Fern (Price) Krokstrom. 

Hilly graduated from Elsmore High School in 1951. After high school, he attended Chanute Junior College, where he played basketball and then went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 as a military policeman in Japan. After the military he attended Pittsburg State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1958. Hilly married Patsy Northway Nelson on June 10, 1972 in Iola. He worked at the Iola dress factory before moving to Chanute. Hilly was a co-owner with his dad of the Chanute Livestock Auction before going to work for the USD 413. He enjoyed watching sports, history and exercising. In 2014, Hilly was proud to be able to experience the Honor Flight. Hilly was a member of the American Legion, CARSP and a past member of the Elks.

Hilly loved his grandchildren, especially his little great-granddaughter. He will be greatly missed.

Hilly is survived by his wife, Patsy Krokstrom; children Monty Nelson and wife Becky, Chanute, Mark Nelson, Wichita, Thom Krokstrom, Peoria, Ill. Mike Nelson and wife Lisa, Bentonville, Ark., and Jackie Robbins, Shirley, Ill.; grandchildren Zach Nelson and wife Brittany, Kyler Nelson, Jessica Robbins and Sam Nelson; great-granddaughter Jaylynn Nelson; sister-in-law Sue Krokstrom; Uncle Dewayne and Aunt Eileen Krokstrom, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Hilly was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Tom Krokstrom.

Cremation has been requested. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chanute. Inurnment will take place at a later date. The Chanute Honor Guard will be in charge of military honors. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com. Memorials have been suggested to the St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or Harry Hynes and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.  

 

 

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