Larry Alan Kropff, 77, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Alvin C. York Veteran’s Facility in Murfreesboro, TN. He was born March 22, 1940 to Ralph and Evelyn Kropff in Parrottsville, TN.
Larry is survived by the love of his life and best friend for over 55 years, Ann Snead Kropff, son Bill (Renee’) Kropff, grandson Mac Kropff, brothers Doyle (Betty) Kropff of Melbourne, FL and Neal (Sue) Kropff of Hialeah, FL, sister-in-laws Joan Snead Kropff (widow of David Kropff) of Parrottsville. TN and Iris Snead (Bill) Kelley of Mobile, AL, and many loving nieces and nephews and extended family. Larry was a loving father, husband, grandfather, uncle, and friend to all.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; mother-in-law, Phoebe Snead; brother David Kropff; and nephew, David Kropff.
Larry began his life-long career of service when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his military career, he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis and found his passion for law enforcement. After he left the Marine Corp, Larry began his 20-year career with the Hialeah Police Department in Hialeah, FL. During his tenure, he was promoted to Lieutenant. After his retirement, he moved his family back to his hometown of Parrottsville where he began his next phase of life by opening Larry’s Small Engine Shop. For over 20 years he provided a service to the surrounding community. After closing his business Larry continued to work for 7 years at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN.
A special thank you to the wonderful staff at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Facility in Murfreesboro. Their love and care for Larry provided us with comfort as we traveled back and forth. We will always be thankful for the care and comfort they provided Larry. Also, a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the Tennessee Fisher House. They were our home away from home for almost 2 years. Our hearts were touched by the generosity and hospitality of the Fisher House. The mission of the Fisher family to serve military families is endless.
A time of gathering will be held on Sunday, February 4 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Evans Center on the Girls Preparatory School campus. Online condolences can be left on Larry Kropff’s memorial tribute at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/larrykropff/homepage.asp-
Details for a memorial service in Parrottsville, TN will be shared once plans are finalized.
Memorial donations can be made to the Tennessee Fisher House Foundation. Information can be found at http://www.tennesseefisherhouse.org/donate/ Donations can also be made to the National Fisher House Foundation.