George B. Kropp

August 17, 1935July 8, 2014
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George said he was visited by an Angel who told him that he would be welcome there, and he passed away shortly after on July 8. Born in Powell, WY on Aug. 17, 1935, he was the oldest child of Joe and Alberta Kropp. The family moved to a farm in Otis Orchards, WA in 1940 where he learned to drive a tractor at the age of 5. When not farming or working, he participated in band, baseball, basketball, football and graduated from Otis Orchards High School in 1954. George joined the Naval Air Reserve, attended WSU, opened a gas station where the current Otis Grill is, and worked as a crane operator at Kaiser. George and his “steady” girlfriend, Milly, became engaged and married after her graduation on Aug. 25, 1955. Besides his Reserve Duty, George logged, made fence posts and drove a stock car sponsored by Shelley’s Repair. In 1958, the Naval Air Base closed and the family transferred to Los Alamitos, CA. By 1960, there were 4 children, Kerry, Sherry, Bob and Terry, and after George’s discharge, they remained in Southern California and lived in Huntington Beach for 14 years. At the same time, George became involved in trucking and started his own Air Freight business. When he wasn’t working, George enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, dirt bike riding, attending Dodger, Rams and Angels games and coaching Little League. He had a strong work ethic and always treated others fairly and honestly. The family moved back to Otis Orchards in 1974 where George drove a school bus, worked in an auto repair shop, helped his dad farm and started another Air Freight business which he sold in 1999. George never stopped farming and he loved doing things for others. He could be seen plowing snow or mowing fields all around the community. If you needed advice or help, he was always there. He had a passion for Fords, rebuilt a ’35 Ford and loved to make useful items out of old equipment. George deeply loved his family and supported all of Milly’s endeavors. His last words to her were, “No worries, everything will be fine” and that he loved her more than she would ever know. He was a fan of the Seahawks and watched every Mariners game during his long hospital stay. He was always helping behind the scenes and will be remembered as a kind and loving man with a big heart. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Len and sister, Joanne and is survived by children, Kerry and Ken Cox, Sherry Kropp, Robert and Tammy Kropp, and Terry and Kip Altman; their daughters, Taylor and Kendy; grandchildren, Chris and Laura Cox and their daughters, Quinn and Evan; Amanda (Cox) and David Stratton and their sons, Halen and Radley; Jarod Kropp and his children, Annabella, Robert and Elyssia; Lindsey (Kropp) and Joe Shaffer and their sons, Grayson and Declan; nephews, Spike Russell, TD Mayer, Kirk Mayer and their children; nieces; Teri Bronson, Traci Smith, Karen Landis, Kathy Blacker, Kristi Kropp, Robin Kropp, their spouses and children and way too many friends to count. He served on the board for Consolidated Irrigation, belonged to The Nat’l League of Postmaster’s Auxiliary and the Navy Seabee Veterans of America. A Memorial Service will be held at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA on Saturday July 19 at 10:00 AM with light refreshments being served afterwards and time for visiting. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Children’s Diabetes, Otis Orchards Community Church or the Union Gospel Mission.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 19, 2014

George B. Kropp

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Tom Brubaker

September 10, 2014

Milly, We, too, will miss George. God bless you! Tom Brubaker and Nichole Kephart -- Edward Jones Investments.

Debbie Tillman

July 25, 2014

All my love to you and the rest of the family. When I think of George, I remember him coming in the door, the sun shining behind him, but you could barely see it as he filled the doorway. He seemed to always be in a happy place, and his laughter filled the room as much as his size. His heart was big, and he shared it with all of us girls. Milly, I know your going to be ok, as you are one of the strongest women I have ever known. But, I also know your heart is broken at the moment, and the sadness will be with you for a long time. Faith is knowing you will see him again and just being happy to know the future is secure in that. Thank you for all that you shared with us, your time, your lessons and your love. We will be forever grateful. Love to all, Debbie Terry Tillman

Rich and Mary Mueller

July 24, 2014

What wonderful memories we have of our friend, George! Reading the Obit, we had no idea that George did all that! He never bragged. George was certainly the best driver the League Auxillary ever had; always waiting to take us where ever we had to be. We are counting on George to meet us at Heaven's Gate and give us a ride inside!

Teresa Goss

July 24, 2014

((hug)) and prayers!

Teresa Goss

July 24, 2014

Oh Milly I am so sorry! I am in shock. I knew it had been a hard year but I was praying he would get better. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May the God of comfort and peace be with you.

Allen Lanier

July 23, 2014

Gonna miss my friend, George. Our loss is Heaven's gain. What a guy. What a partner for you, Milly. What a long list of memories I have of you two special people. I smile when I think of George. Love to you, Sweet lady!

Joseph Cinadr

July 23, 2014

Dear Milly, we send our sympathy. You and your family will be in our prayers for comfort and peace. Joe and Barbara

Judy & Howard VanOtterloo(Davis)

July 23, 2014

Millie, I'm so sorry to learn of Georges passing, You were lucky to have him as long as you did. You two had a wonderful life together, and we wish you the best for the future

Shannon & Janet Sweatte

July 22, 2014

What a wonderful and caring man. One of Otis Orchard's finest. He will be greatly missed

Paul & Ruth Cole

July 22, 2014

George will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to you! We know that he is no longer suffering even though it leaves those who knew him with an empty place in our hearts.