Roy Kropff loved woodworking. With his powerful hands, he
brought something new into the world, something better, something
Roy Kropff loved woodworking. With his powerful hands, he brought something new into the world, something better, something lasting. The carving, the shaping, the finishing of his handmade creations brought a smile to his face and joy to those who appreciated his artistry. But sadly, the world will now have to do without his handiwork.
Mr. Kropff died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 in Santa Clara, Calif. He was 73.
Born on Aug. 15, 1931, in Hereford, Texas, Mr. Kropff moved with his family to Gardena, when he was 11. He attended El Camino College and University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and University of Southern California, where he received his master’s degree. He also served in the Navy from 1951 to 1954, as an electronic technician for radar systems on aircraft carriers.
He married Linda Welch in 1957. Eleven years later, Roy, Linda, and their two children moved to San Jose, where he worked at De Anza College in Cupertino, as an industrial arts instructor.
In 1971 he began teaching at Prospect High School in Saratoga. He taught woodshop and metalshop at the school until 1987. After retirement, he worked as a volunteer for his church and also worked with the Sacred Heart organization, picking up food from grocery stores for the needy.
In addition to woodworking, he loved car shows and car races, motorcycles, photography, and appreciating the great outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Kropff, of San Jose; daughter, Laura Latham and husband Barry, of San Jose; son, Rex Kropff of San Jose; mother, Annabel Kropff of Gilroy; brother, Jim Kropff – who teaches at Gilroy High School – and wife Doris of Gilroy; sisters, Ruth Marie Wolf and husband Dave of Los Gatos, Helen Moser and husband Leo of Gilroy, and Kathryn Kellogg and husband Larry of Salinas; granddaughters, Melinda Latham and Veronica Kropff of San Jose; grandsons, Blake Latham and Royce Kropff of San Jose; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be held at 2pm, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, at Campbell United Methodist Church, 1675 Winchester Blvd., Campbell.