Nels James Krogh


Nels James Krogh was born on March 30, 1928, in Williston, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Hans Krogh and Anna Christine (Nelson) Krogh; a brother, Kenneth Krogh; and an infant son, Jeffrey James Krogh.


Nels joined the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov. 20, 1945, during World War II, was discharged on Nov. 19, 1948, and called back to service on Nov. 20, 1948. He served in Central Korea, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 13, 1951.

After being discharged, Nels completed high school requirements and graduated from Williston High School. He then graduated from Whaoaden Science School with certification as an electrician. He went to work for Otter Tail Electric in Fergus Falls, Minn., and then moved to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in Bismarck, N.D. He then moved to Montrose with the Bureau, which is now the Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, from where he retired in 1990.

He has four living children by his first marriage, Velma Lou (Krogh) and Mark Baisch of Washburn, N.D., Gregory Allen Krogh of Bismarck, N.D., Ann Marie (Krogh) Andre of Bismarck, N.D. and Karen Lynn (Krogh) and Daniel Williams of Lakewood.

While living in Montrose, Nels met and married Frances K. (O'Brien) Krogh. Frances has two children by a previous marriage, Brett Allen and Dana Barkdoll of Salem, Ore., and Katherine Leona (Barkdoll) and Michael Bott of Loveland. Nels and Frances have a son, James Dean and Heather Dawn Krogh. James is stationed at Fort Polk, La., and has been deployed to Iraq until November 2007.

Nels and Frances lived in Montrose until 1995 when they and their son, James, moved to Greeley and in 2004 moved to Craig.

Nels is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Michael Baisch and Stacey (Baisch) and Nathan Gannon, Jill (Andre) and Nicholas Cherubim, Sarah Williams, Benjamin and Kevin Bott, Brian and Kara Barkdoll, and Carly and Bailey Sizelove; and one great-grandchild, Colin Gannon.

Nels and Frances also welcomed into their home Thomas Tubbs, who has lived with them since November and is loved like another son.

Nels was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace. He is also a member of the Veterans Post 4265 in Craig and Elks Club in Montrose.

A memorial service was held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Lutheran Church of Grace in Craig on at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2007, with a reception that followed in Witte Hall.

Contributions can be made at the Alzheimers Association in his memory.

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