Kelly Ryan Kroupa

June 12, 1967March 7, 2018

Kelly Ryan Kroupa, age 50, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 after a long illness. Kelly was born to Albert R. and Bonnie (Bugai) Kroupa on June 12, 1967 in Traverse City and was raised in Leelanau County. He grew up working on his grandparent’s farm, Fyv Grl Acres in Cedar, and then spent his career at Lear Corporation until his retirement.

Kelly enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, playing euchre and poker, mud running with big trucks, later switching to radio control cars. He built his RC cars and then raced them. He also enjoyed getting together with family and friends for meals and visiting.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Colleen; children Jessica and Jacob (who enters the Air Force in April); his mother, Bonnie; brother, Ron and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Jr.; grandparents, Gordon and Ardith Bugai and Albert and Edith Kroupa; and many relatives.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City with visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. Following the service, a Celebration of Life Gathering will take place at Kelly’s home in Grawn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

Kelly Ryan Kroupa

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dave clark

March 14, 2018

Hi sorry to hear about Kelly I went to school with Kelly in are high school years I didn't know Kelly was related to grace and Gary my aunt husband is grace brother, so I happened to be with my aunt and uncle and we where out at grace and Gary and Kelly happened to be out there! The last time I saw Kelly about two and years ago that was at therapy and I was at therapy he came over and said hi we talked for a little bit! Sending prayers

Wally Weidner

March 13, 2018