Carl William “Skip” Krohne Jr., 85, of Glen Carbon, passed away at 8:53 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at his home.
He was born March 19, 1930, in Granite City, the son of the late Carl and Alice Elaine (DeBow) Krohne Sr. He married Mary Lee (Cline) Krohne on Oct. 23, 1948, at St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City and she survives. The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Navy. Carl was a supervisor at A.O. Smith and had 25 years of dedicated service. He has served the community as a real estate broker, realtor and property manager and had also owned and operated Aqua Marine Sales in Pontoon Beach for many years. He was a lifelong dedicated and faithful member of St. John United Church of Christ, where he has served as an usher for more than 50 years. He had a special love of diving, being on the water, boating and skiing and was a founding member of the Bubble Masters Diving Club. He was an antique car enthusiast and enjoyed collecting and restoring many throughout the years and was especially proud of his vintage Army Jeep. He was a member of the Alton Antique Auto Association. He and his family enjoyed their many travels in life and always enjoyed going to the beach and being amongst the palm trees. He was an artist, inventor and could fabricate or fix anything and even had a hand in building a few homes. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of more than 67 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda “Susie” and John Nitchman of Glen Carbon; a son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Kathy Krohne of Manchester, Mo.; three grandchildren and a spouse, Melissa and Brandon McIntosh of Mitchell; Sara Nicely of Manchester, Mo., and Mary Beth Nicely of Ballwin, Mo.; great-granddaughter, Autumn; Godchild, Rick Stille; half-brother-in-law, Eurba Lloyd Cline; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Elmer Stille; and a half-brother-in-law, Lorin Cline.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at St. John United Church of Christ in Granite City. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.