OBITUARY

Richard "Cory" Kroos

October 4, 1972March 13, 2018
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On March 13, 2018 our precious eldest son, Richard “Cory” Kroos passed from our arms to the arms of Jesus. Our miracle was born on Wednesday, October 4, 1972 at 4:28 am at the Corpus Christi Naval Base. He was a healthy 7 lb. 12 oz. and 19 ½ inches long. On October 29, 1972, he was baptized at Trinity Lutheran by Rev. J. C. Henning and confirmed on April 12, 1987 at Grace Lutheran by Rev. R. Mayerhoff. That strong boy fought Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, for the past year. If determination and hope could have killed it, he would have won. But the Lord had other plans and he won his place in Heaven. Cory loved sports and the weather, always flipping between channels. Even at 7 yrs. old his weather picture was chosen to be telecast on the TV channel. His favorite past time was sitting on the patio after work with the TV remote and cigarette in hand and sipping on a cold Milwaukee’s Best. Life was good. That changed in a quick year. Damn that Cancer…may it burn in hell. “We’ll get through this” he continued to say and we will with God’s help. Cory attended numerous schools as his Dad’s HEB job transferred him every couple years. Kindergarten at Rockport, then on to Refugio, Bishop, and finally Victoria. He went to Howell Jr. High and Victoria High School graduating in 1991. He loved playing basketball. His sweet spot was the 3 pointer. One of his fondest memories was scoring at the buzzer to win the game. He was privileged to be coached by coaches Larry Puckett, Bill Byers, and Mike Smith. His favorite color was blue, he loved growing hot peppers and hydrangeas, and cooking his pinto beans. He loved the University of Texas and Dallas Cowboys and we had a great time with him watching the Super Bowl on February 7. Of course, he was a Kroos and loved hunting, golfing, gardening, and playing in the pool. His beautiful smile and endearing personality landed him numerous jobs, including HEB, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Western Beverages. At the end he found his niche at Glazers Distributors as a wine Sales Rep. He met lots of managers in different stores that he so much enjoyed servicing and visiting. He even kept in contact with them when he went on his short term leave. He married, divorced, and moved in with us. Somehow weeks turned into months, months turned into 5 years. He kept wanting to move out and buy a house, but somehow God always side tracked that. This way we had the privilege of taking care of him until the end. He had all 3 of his aunts, 2 being nurses, taking really good care of him. The Lord really provides because his Dad and I couldn’t have handled it. He was affectionately known as “Grumpy Uncle Cory” to his nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents—Johann and Anneke Kroos, grandmother, Helen Birnbaum Adams, and step-grandmother, Margaret Frost Birnbaum. He left us behind… His Papu, Isdell (Olivia) Birnbaum; Parents, Gus and Cheryl Kroos; Brothers Scott (Heather) Kroos and Kevin Kroos; Sister Christina (Trent) Tagliabue; Nieces Madalynn and Savannah Kroos, Brylee and Kambree Tagliabue, and Abigail Kroos; Aunts and Uncles…Isdell Jr (Robbyn) Birnbaum, Rose (Randy) Walker, Ree (Kathy) Kroos, Ted Kroos. Half Uncles and Aunt…Ruben (Elaine) Coleman, Jos (Maria) Kroese, and Rony (Arend) Hess; First cousins…Iz Birnbaum, Garett Birnbaum, Gabe Birnbaum, and Christopher Walker; And lots of other family and friends. His visitation will be Thursday, 5 to 7 pm and service at 10 am on Friday, both at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Ben Jordan and Sam Houston. His special confirmation pastor, Rev. Mayerhoff, will bless us by doing the service. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Iz Birnbaum, Garett Birnbaum, Gabe Birnbaum, Christopher Walker, Randy Birnbaum, Jeff Hutt, Mikey Brown, and Jason Brown. Honorary Pallbearers: Matthew Church, James Brock, and Jacob Villasenor. Special Thanks to his 24 hour care givers—Aunt Rose and Aunt Robbyn, Hospice of South Texas, Dr. Tu, Jaimy John, and staff at MD Anderson Sugarland. Also thanks to the neighbors and friends who have brought us meals and so many words of comfort. Cory always kept my flowers alive, so instead of sending any, please consider giving a donation to Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity (207 N. Glass, Victoria, TX 77901), to help someone get a house or to Hospice of South Texas (605 Locust, Victoria, TX 77901), who were so very helpful and compassionate. We will miss him! That body does not look like our Cory, but the spirit was always there. One day we will “go Corporate” and join him in Heaven! Share condolences at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Gus R. Kroos, Father
  • Cheryl A. Birnbaum Kroos, Mother
  • Isdell (Olivia) Birnbaum, Papu
  • Scott R. (Heather) Kroos, Brother
  • Kevin A. Kroos, Brother
  • Christina A. (Trent) Tagliabue, Sister
  • Madalynn and Savannah Kroos, Nieces
  • Brylee and Kambree Tagliabue, Nieces
  • Abigail Kroos, Niece
  • Isdell Jr. (Robbyn) Birnbaum, Aunt and Uncle
  • Rose (Randy) Walker, Aunt and Uncle
  • Ree (Kathy) Kroos, Aunt and Uncle
  • Ted Kroos, Uncle
  • Ruben (Elaine) Coleman, Half Uncle and Aunt
  • Jos (Maria) Kroese, Half Uncle and Aunt
  • Rony (Arend) Hess, Half Uncle and Aunt
  • Johann and Anneke Kroos, Grandparents
  • Helen Birnbaum Adams, Grandmother
  • Margaret Frost Birnbaum, Step-grandmother
  • Cory also leaves first cousins, Iz Birnbaum, Garett Birnbaum, Gabe Birnbaum, and Christopher Walker; And lots of other extended family members and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Iz Birnbaum
  • Garett Birnbaum
  • Gabe Birnbaum
  • Chris Walker
  • Randy Birnbaum
  • Jeff Hutt
  • Mikkey Brown
  • Jason Brown
  • Matthew Church, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Brock, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jacob Villasenor, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of South Texas
  • Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Richard "Cory" Kroos

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Michael Biehunko

March 19, 2018

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels until May 2016 when I retired. I had the pleasure of knowing Cory for several years. He was definitely a great guy. When he would walk into a room before he left he would know everybody in it. I can remember his smile and vibrant personality. I'm so sorry for his untimely death. He was definitely a great guy. God bless Gus and his entire family. Mike Biehunko San Marcos formerly Victoria.

Nancie Alkek-Mayer

March 19, 2018

Gus and Cheryl and family , I just learned of the loss of your son. My sincere condolences. I know it is a hard time but the suffering is over. May God touch your hearts and give you strength in the coming days. You are in my prayers.

Nancie Alkek-,Mayer ( formerly with L'eggs)

Michael and Peggy Macha

March 17, 2018

Dear Gus, Cheryl and family,

We recently heard of the passing of your dear son Cory. Was not aware until after the fact otherwise
we would have certainly attended. We are so saddened to hear and know what a wonderful young man
Cory was and he will be so missed. Hard to know what to really say at a time like this but wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you . We pray the Lord will continue to lift you up and give you strength that is so needed at a time like this. We know you know Cory is in the presence of Jesus and you all will be united someday in Glory!!

Sincerely to you,
Mike and Peggy Macha

Carol Kopecky Heger Heger

March 17, 2018

Gus and Cheryl

The Memorial service for Cory was very Beautiful. Your loss is Heavens gain. But not a farewell but a , We will see you again.

My heart goes out to you and your Beautiful family. That was a sweet testament to how Cory lived his life. I have been to many celebration of life but this was none like any other.
If you did not know him on a daily basis you did when you left. Everyone knew his life was lived to the fullest in Christian love.

We will continue to pray as you go back to living your life without Cory. Your Christian faith will carry you through tough days, weeks, and years.

Your Son will never be forgotten.
Love David and Carol.

Tina Bloom

March 16, 2018

I will miss your smile! I'm one of the lucky convenience store Managers that got to meet you and become your friend over the years. You came in everyday and even if you were having a bad day you still always had a smile or a laugh before you left. You became a part of my Stripes family and will be greatly missed. Keep smiling up in Heaven!!

Barbara Gillig-Yanta

March 16, 2018

It is so very hard to lose a child - no matter their age. My sincerest sympathy and God's blessings to you now and in the days ahead.

Bobby Lothringer

March 15, 2018

Cory was one of the first people I met when I moved to Victoria right before our sophomore year in high school. I don't remember a time when he didn't say something to make me laugh. I will always remember that great old blue car he drove as well as our trip to Colorado for the National Lutheran Youth Gathering in Denver.

Prayers for peace and comfort for all of his family and friends. Trust in the Lord and know that he has brought Cory into his house where Cory has no more pain.

Debbie Kaspar

March 15, 2018

To the Kroos family,
My heart aches for all of you. Cory was a very special man. Always sweet and smiling. Always respectful. I know in the days ahead you will have to deal with this terrible loss. All I can say is take one moment at a time.
When someone dies you don’t get over it by forgetting. You get over it by remembering, and by remembering that No person is ever truly lost or gone
Once they have been in our lives and loved us, as much as we have loved them. Dkaspar

Rony and Arend Hes - Kroese

March 15, 2018

Dear Gus and Cheryl,

We are very sad to hear from you that Cory passed away on March 13, 2018.
For us it is very suddenly, however not for you and your family.

It is a pity that we didn't know him personal, but I loved him as a part of my family

We understand this is a big loss for all of you. Please accept our condolences, also to Ree and Kathy, Ted and all your families.

All our love,
Arend and Rony Hes

FROM THE FAMILY

Cory's Big Buck - Dec. 23, 2017

Biography

On March 13, 2018 our precious eldest son, Richard “Cory” Kroos passed from our arms to the arms of Jesus. Our miracle was born on Wednesday, October 4, 1972 at 4:28 am at the Corpus Christi Naval Base. He was a healthy 7 lb. 12 oz. and 19 ½ inches long. On October 29, 1972, he was baptized at Trinity Lutheran by Rev. J. C. Henning and confirmed on April 12, 1987 at Grace Lutheran by Rev. R. Mayerhoff. That strong boy fought Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, for the past year. If determination and hope could have killed it, he would have won. But the Lord had other plans and he won his place in Heaven.
Cory loved sports and the weather, always flipping between channels. Even at 7 yrs. old his weather picture was chosen to be telecast on the TV channel. His favorite past time was sitting on the patio after work with the TV remote and cigarette in hand and sipping on a cold Milwaukee’s Best. Life was good. That changed in a quick year. Damn that Cancer…may it burn in hell. “We’ll get through this” he continued to say and we will with God’s help.
Cory attended numerous schools as his Dad’s HEB job transferred him every couple years. Kindergarten at Rockport, then on to Refugio, Bishop, and finally Victoria. He went to Howell Jr. High and Victoria High School graduating in 1991. He loved playing basketball. His sweet spot was the 3 pointer. One of his fondest memories was scoring at the buzzer to win the game. He was privileged to be coached by coaches Larry Puckett, Bill Byers, and Mike Smith.
His favorite color was blue, he loved growing hot peppers and hydrangeas, and cooking his pinto beans. He loved the University of Texas and Dallas Cowboys and we had a great time with him watching the Super Bowl on February 7. Of course, he was a Kroos and loved hunting, golfing, gardening, and playing in the pool.
His beautiful smile and endearing personality landed him numerous jobs, including HEB, Best Buy, Office Depot, and Western Beverages. At the end he found his niche at Glazers Distributors as a wine Sales Rep. He met lots of managers in different stores that he so much enjoyed servicing and visiting. He even kept in contact with them when he went on his short term leave.
He married, divorced, and moved in with us. Somehow weeks turned into months, months turned into 5 years. He kept wanting to move out and buy a house, but somehow God always side tracked that. This way we had the privilege of taking care of him until the end. He had all 3 of his aunts, 2 being nurses, taking really good care of him. The Lord really provides because his Dad and I couldn’t have handled it. He was affectionately known as “Grumpy Uncle Cory” to his nieces.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents—Johann and Anneke Kroos, grandmother, Helen Birnbaum Adams, and step-grandmother, Margaret Frost Birnbaum.
He left us behind… His Papu, Isdell (Olivia) Birnbaum; Parents, Gus and Cheryl Kroos; Brothers Scott (Heather) Kroos and Kevin Kroos; Sister Christina (Trent) Tagliabue; Nieces Madalynn and Savannah Kroos, Brylee and Kambree Tagliabue, and Abigail Kroos; Aunts and Uncles…Isdell Jr (Robbyn) Birnbaum, Rose (Randy) Walker, Ree (Kathy) Kroos, Ted Kroos. Half Uncles and Aunt…Ruben (Elaine) Coleman, Jos (Maria) Kroese, and Rony (Arend) Hess; First cousins…Iz Birnbaum, Garett Birnbaum, Gabe Birnbaum, and Christopher Walker; And lots of other family and friends.
His visitation will be Thursday, 5 to 7 pm and service at 10 am on Friday, both at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Ben Jordan and Sam Houston. His special confirmation pastor, Rev. Mayerhoff, will bless us by doing the service. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Iz Birnbaum, Garett Birnbaum, Gabe Birnbaum, Christopher Walker, Randy Birnbaum, Jeff Hutt, Mikey Brown, and Jason Brown.
Honorary Pallbearers: Matthew Church, James Brock, and Jacob Villasenor.
Special Thanks to his 24 hour care givers—Aunt Rose and Aunt Robbyn, Hospice of South Texas, Dr. Tu, Jaimy John, and staff at MD Anderson Sugarland. Also thanks to the neighbors and friends who have brought us meals and so many words of comfort.
Cory always kept my flowers alive, so instead of sending any, please consider giving a donation to Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity (207 N. Glass, Victoria, TX 77901), to help someone get a house or to Hospice of South Texas (605 Locust, Victoria, TX 77901), who were so very helpful and compassionate.
We will miss him! That body does not look like our Cory, but the spirit was always there. One day we will “go Corporate” and join him in Heaven!
Share condolences at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.