Donald J. Kroohs Jr., a Wake Forest resident since 2009, died suddenly August 28, 2015, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He was 67.
He was born in the Bronx, the son of the late Donald and Irene Kroohs. He grew up in Putnam Valley and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1966.
Mr. Kroohs served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded three Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge, among other military honors.
Following his military service, he lived in Wappingers Falls and worked for the New York Telephone Co., later Verizon, until his retirement in 2002.
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After moving to Wake Forest, he became an active and devoted member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8466 in Wake Forest, American Legion Post 187 in Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation. He was an avid fisherman and a diehard fan of the New York Yankees.
Donald will always be remembered for his generous spirit and his love for his family, friends and country.
Survivors include his daughter, Jill Fitzpatrick, and her husband, Sean, of Wake Forest; two grandchildren, Skylar and Ryan Fitzpatrick; four brothers, John Kroohs Sr., and his wife, Alice, of Mahopac, Kevin Kroohs and his wife, Lisa, of Putnam Valley, Dwayne Kroohs of Kingston, and Jim Jackson and his girlfriend, Nancy Stellato, of Putnam Valley; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, many friends and his dog, Buttercup. His son, Scott Vincent Kroohs, died in 1996.
A memorial service with military honors will be held 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, September 2, 2015 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center 405 South Main St. Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 5 p.m. prior to the service.
A memorial service in New York will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation.