Harold C. Kroening, owner of Kroening's Garage for more than 45 years and a combat veteran of World War II, died Saturday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 82.
Mr. Kroening was born in Niagara Falls and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1942. He joined the Army in February 1943 and saw action as an infantry squad leader in France and Germany. He earned the Bronze Star. He reached the rank of staff sergeant before his discharge in November 1945.
After that, he joined the family business, a service station in Sanborn that he operated until his retirement in 1985.
Mr. Kroening was a longtime elder and head usher at Grace Lutheran Church, Niagara Falls. He was an honorary member of Sanborn Fire Company and had been a member of Sanborn Post 969, American Legion; the Sanborn Free Library board of trustees; and the Sanborn Area Historical Society.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Janet E. Pack; a daughter, Amy Folmsbee of Sanborn; a sister, Gladys Haseley of Sanborn; a brother, Gilbert of Ransomville; and four grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Grace Lutheran Church, 716 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.