John David Krodel, 89, of Amarillo, Texas, passed away on June 30, 2022.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount.
John was born in Portersville, Indiana on August 22, 1932, to Clarence and Hildegard Krodel. He attended Jasper High School where he played on the Jasper High School basketball team in Indiana. They won the Indiana State Basketball Championship. The team and members were inducted into the Indiana Hall of Fame. In September, John with be inducted into the Jasper High School Athletic Hall of Fame. This has always been a significant event in his life. Basketball is a big deal in Indiana.
John served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
John attended college on the GI bill. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in Durant, Oklahoma. He also graduated with his Master’s Degree in Education from West Texas State University.
John married Elizabeth Anne Garrison on September 2, 1955. They were married for 64 years. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, John and Elizabeth made their home in Amarillo, Texas.
He worked for the Amarillo Independent School District for 32 years, (1959-1991). He taught at Crockett Middle School, was the Assistant Principal at Fannin Middle School, and the Principal at James Bowie Middle School where he retired.
He enjoyed playing golf and loved being around people, especially sharing stories about his life growing up and working with young people in the schools.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo, Texas. John had a very strong faith throughout his life, he loved attending church, especially men’s Bible studies. A special shout out to the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study.
He volunteered with Texas Retired Teachers Association, Special Olympics, and was a Rotarian for many years. John served as an elder at both Westminster and St. Luke’s Presbyterian Churches. He was frequently found assisting his wife with her own volunteer projects at church.
John was a loving husband and father.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth A. Krodel; son, John D. Krodel, Jr.; and sister, Margaret Alles.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen A. Harris, of Houston, Texas; son, Stephen G. Krodel, of Canyon, Texas; brother, Michael W. Krodel, of Ocala, Florida; many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
A special thank you to Dr. Alan Keister, Kyle Black, David Bernal, and Janie Arche for their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heal The City, 609 S. Caroline St., Amarillo, Texas 79106. www.healthecityamarillo.com
6 Replies to “John David Krodel”
I knew the Krodel family in the late 70’s when Liz and I worked together at Ford Credit. John was always laughing, smiling and fun to be around. I lost track of him after I left Tascosa Nat’l Bank and moved to Austin in 1989, but I always respected him and have fond memories of the Krodel family. Thinking of all of you.
I worked with Mr. Krodel at Bowie Middle School for many years. He was a fair, generous man and cared for his staff and especially his students. I was very sad when he retired and so sad to hear of his passing.
Rest in Peace
I worked with John at Fannin when I did my student teaching there and later when I was the AISD Director of Science until leaving in 1988. Bowie was a frequent stop and always had a good visit with him. I have little doubt he always wanted the best for his students and staff. He left some big shoes to fill.
With John’s passing, there will be another hole in our family’s list of cousins (Tom is Sonny’s first cousin – he was always known to us cousins as Sonny). It was an especially close-knit group, even if the ages spanned several decades. We were so fortunate to have visited with Sonny and Liz, and then with Sonny after Liz’s passing. Our sincere condolences to the Krodel family (to Karen, Stephen, and to Mike and Jeanette. Sonny was a good man, and God let him live a long time to help others.
Fond memories when we were also members of Westminster Presbyterian. John and Liz were one of the couples that enjoyed many of the activities of the church. There were activities and classes for all ages. We enjoyed hearing from them and seeing them occasionally after we moved from Amarillo.
Mr Krodel was a hard but fair man I had him the whole time I was at james bowie my thoughts and prayers to his family and Rest in paradise Mr Krodel you will be missed by many and thank you for all the lilessons you gave me