CORTLAND - Victor E. Kruppa, 84, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, with his family by his side at St. Joseph Health Center after a brief illness.
He was born June 28, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of Edwin and Mary Leesch- Kruppa.
Victor was a graduate of Brookfield High School. He retired from Packard Electric in 1980 as a supervisor after 32 years. He founded Kruppa Properties, a real estate investment company. He also was instrumental in Advanced Professional Engineering Services, a commercial design / build company.
Victor belonged to the Moose Lodge 186 and the American Legion Post 540. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He enjoyed life, spending the last 30-plus winters in Pine Island, Fla., where he had many fishing and poker buddies. In his later years, he and his friends occasionally could be found at the dice table at Mountaineer Casino after "working a half-day."
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the submarine service. He served on the Bumper and Sea Fox vessels out of Pearl Harbor.
He is survived by his children, Victor David (Linda) Kruppa of Tucson, Ariz., James E. Kruppa of Livonia, Mich., Robert V. ( Debbie) Kruppa of Champion, William V. (Kim) Kruppa of Warren, Jeannette Lesko of Michigan and Diana (Jim) Reed of Sylvania; 14 grandchildren; a brother, John "Bill" Kruppa of Brookfield; and "adopted" son, Joseph Lesko of Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Rose Marie Mitchell Kruppa, whom he married July 7, 1951, and who passed away Nov. 19, 1999; his younger brother, Peter Kruppa; sister, Mary Ann Passifume; sister-in-law, Betty Kruppa; and a grandson, Nicholas Kruppa.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel on North Road in Warren, where services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday with Minister Terry Siverd officiating.
Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery with full military honors.