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CHERRYFIELD - William K. Croll, Jr. died March 7, 2015

William K. Croll (Bill) Jr. was born November 4, 1934, in Pueblo, CO to William K. Croll, Sr. and Martha M. (Scribner) Croll. Bill lived in many places in CO but graduated high school from Monte Vista , CO high school where he met his wife for the first time in 8th grade. Bill graduated from the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO in 1957, with his BS Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He worked for Battelle Memorial Institute in research in Columbus, Ohio. He also worked for RCA Semiconductor in Somerville, N.J. and the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C.

He moved to Cherryfield, ME with his wife and four children in 1974 to do organic farming and help in a pottery. He soon found he could not live without having a regular job. He raked blueberries and helped bring OSHA facilities and fairer pay to the rakers. Bill was known for his fairness and honesty, and worked for better conditions on the fields and at the Winter Harbor Navy Base, where he worked at antenna maintenance.

Bill was active in sports his whole life. He was captain of his football team in high school, played racket ball in Ohio, and was a Judo brown belt and instructor at the YMCA in Frederick, MD. He was never happier than when he was working in his garden and on his land. Bill grew up in the Episcopal Church and was an acolyte in his church. He did Transcendental Meditation and studied all religious philosophies throughout his life. He was a mentor and teacher to all of us.

Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Alley) Croll; son, Zoltan Croll and partner Maegan Graslie and their children Astrid and Disa; Cathy Gage and Zoltan's children Amanda, Zachariah and wife Janel; daughter Berit (Croll) Shepardson and children Cassandra and Oliver; son Jacques Croll; son Vasant Croll and wife Julie (Emerton) and her daughter Nicole Chambers; Janet Nacke Croll and Vasant's children Joshua and wife Anna, and Joachim and wife Ashley; and great grandchildren, Iris, Avery and Olivia Croll, and Benjamin Modery.

Bill was a curious student of all of life has to offer. Classical music, reading, gardening, chopping wood, shoveling snow, climbing his beloved Rocky Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes. He was a true friend, fair and open minded to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by all of us. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the charity of your choice or the nearest food pantry. There will be a gathering in Bill's honor at a later date.
Published on  March 9, 2015
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