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October 15, 2018

8/23/2018 7:30:00 AM
Harry James Kroll

Harry James Kroll of Rhinelander, age 74, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at his residence, with his loving wife, daughters, son, grandchildren and dear friend at his side after a long battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 10, 1943 to Harry R. and Emeline H. (Kukla) Kroll in Manistee, Michigan. Harry graduated from St. Joseph High School in Manistee, Michigan in 1961. He earned his Associate of Arts degree from Northwestern Michigan College in 1964, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in 1966. He completed advanced studies at Wilkes College, Mt. Marty College, Valparaiso University and the University of Michigan. He began his professional career as a teacher and coach at Manistee Catholic Central High School. He then moved into the paper industry, working at Packaging Corporation of America, Filer City Mill, Watervliet Paper and Rhinelander Paper over a 25-year period. He then spent the next 12 years working as a maintenance software consultant working for Indus International and Performance Consulting Associates. Harry is survived by the love of his life and soulmate, Jean DesCamp. They were married on June 11, 1971 in Manistee, Michigan. He is also survived by his children: Andrea (Paul) Kroening of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Lisa (Robert) Netzer of Bloomington, Minnesota and Alan (Trisha) Kroll of Brighton, Colorado. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Mark, Gabriel, Jane and Tommy Kroening, Emma and Madeline Netzer and Isaiah, Graham, Athan, Naia and Naveya Kroll. He is further survived by his sister, Patricia (John) Herbst of Traverse City, Michigan and a brother, Phillip (Rhonda) Kroll of Manistee. Harry was an active member of the Rhinelander Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Nicolet College Foundation Board and Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish. His greatest pleasure came from teaching and working with youngsters and coached T-ball, Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and Little Hodags Basketball. The visitation for Harry will take place on Friday evening, Aug. 24, 2018 at the Hildebrand Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evening, Aug. 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish located at the corner of Conro and King streets in Rhinelander. Fr. Kevin Farrell will officiate, along with Deacon Ron Bosi, Deacon Michael Harvey, Deacon Dick Meyer and Deacon Bill Miller. Immediately following the Memorial Mass, the Kroll family invites everyone to join them in the church cafeteria and the gathering space for a reception, fellowship and to celebrate Harry's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nativity Catholic Grade School or to NATH, Northwood Alliance for Temporary Housing. Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at

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