Born: June 13, 1927 - Deceased: December 22, 2020
Thomas W. Kroupa, 93, of Belleville, IL, born Monday, June 13, 1927 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at Freeburg Care Center in Freeburg, IL.
Tom worked as an assembly line employee and supervisor for Turner Electric for 30 years prior to retiring. Before that he was a milk truck driver at Sealtest Dairy for 13 years. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Belleville IL, a founder and former chief of the Villa Hills Fire Dept., a member of the International & Southern Illinois Arson Investigators Assn., and a co-founder of the Fire Training Academy at Belleville Area Technical College, now South Western Illinois College. He served as a member of the Stookey Township board of trustees for many years up to his passing. Honesty and integrity in public service were very important to him.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Parents: Thomas W. and Mamie (nee Cermak) Kroupa, Sr.
- Brother: Charles “Bernie” Kroupa.
Surviving are his:
- Wife of 72 years: Elizabeth “Almeda” (nee Doty) Kroupa of Belleville, IL
- Thomas H. (Kim) Kroupa of Arlington Heights, IL
- Lou Ann Shea of Merrimack, NH
- Jacquelyn C. Kish of Saint Louis, MO
- Brother: Gene (Ellyn) Kroupa of Madison, WI
- Alex Kish
- Stephen Shea
- Christopher (Melinda) Shea
- John (Donna) Kroupa
- Rebecca Kroupa
- Meredith Bollenbaugh (Charles
- Eight great grandchildren
Special Thanks: The family thanks the staff at the Freeburg Care Center for their care. In addition a special thanks goes to Charlie Cullen, Jim Sauerwein, Chris Hill, Fern Gwaltney, Diane Rice and Robert Kuehl, plus many others who supported Tom over the years.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Blessed Sacrament Conference would be appreciated.
Visitation: Visitation from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Fr. Matt Elie officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.
Services: Due to Covid, private family services will be conducted. Live streaming can be viewed at time of service at www.facebook.com/KurrusFH on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 11:00 am with Rev. Matt Elie officiating.