Lavere A. Kroft Sr., World War II vet

October 8, 2019

Lavere A. Kroft Sr., 93, of Bowmansville, Pa., passed away at the home of his son Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was born in Lancaster, Pa., the son of the late Benjamin H. and Mary B. (Spence) Potts. His wife, Betty Lou, passed away in 2015. 

Lavere served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a fireman first class, on the transport ship U.S.S. Herald of the Morning; and he worked as a grinder for the Bearings Co. for many years. 

Mr. Kroft was of the Presbyterian faith and was a member of the CHEER Center in Long Neck. He enjoyed playing cards, doing paint by numbers, and was an avid fisherman. 

Surviving are his children, Lavere A. Kroft Jr., married to Cynthia, Bonnie L. Mogle, married to Don, and Connie L. Donahue, married to Tom; his grandchildren, Justin Mogle, Patrick Donahue and Neil Donahue; five great-grandchildren; his half sister, May McCray; and his half brother, George Potts. He was preceded in death by his half sisters, Margaret Herrick, Darlene Sawyer and June Smith. 

Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Service Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., at The Groffs Family Funeral Home, 528 W. Orange St., Lancaster (corner of W. Orange and Pine sts.). The family will greet friends Wednesday at Groffs from 6 p.m. until the time of service. Private burial will be in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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