Richard P. "Dick" Krogel, 81, peacefully boarded his last train bound for his final destination on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012.
He is survived by his fellow passenger and beloved wife, Mary Jane Miller Krogel; brother, Tom and wife, Debbie; son, Richard and wife, Claudia; daughter, Victoria and husband, Walter Preston; and grandchildren Eric, Patrick and Ashley Krogel and Benjamin Towsend, Stacey Towsend-Bull and husband, Christopher Bull.
Born at Wheeling, Dick joined the B&O Railroad at the tender age of 17 and rode the rails with his family with stops in McMechen and Moundsville, Rochester, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Willard, Ohio, Baltimore, Ashland, Ky., and Cincinnati before retiring in Chicago after 39 years, then settling in Elkins. He moved to Baltimore in 2011, home to his son and daughter.
Not just a railroad man, Dick was an accomplished carver, model airplane enthusiast and photographer leaving many beautiful pieces that will be enjoyed for generations by his family. He also enjoyed listening to big band and jazz in his "Jazz Room," and had a special fondness for Dizzy Gillespie, Ben Webster and Muggsy Spanier.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Oak Crest Community Chapel, 8820 Walther Boulevard, Parkville, Md.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to: Alzheimer's Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093 or Oak Crest Benevolent Care Fund, Philanthropy Office, 8800 Walther Boulevard, Parkville, MD 21234.