WELLINGTON - William "Bill" Krompel, Sr., passed away at the Heirloom Inn in Price on April 8, 2013, at the age of 87.
He was born in Sunnyside to Ludvig and Anna Kadunc Krompel on Oct. 17, 1925.
He grew up on a farm east of Price. With the death of his father when Bill was a young teenager, Bill left school and worked on the farm to help support the Krompel family. To supplement his income, he also worked at the Sunnyside coke ovens and plowed plots of land for many Price residents on which to grow Victory Gardens during World War II.
From 1944 to 1946, Bill served in the U.S. Navy on a wooden ship sweeping mines in the sea ports of Asian cities.
In 1948, Bill married a beautiful and devoted woman, Leah Olsen, from Ferron. Together they had five sons and one daughter. He was a proud member of the U.M.W.A., Hiawatha Local #6363 and worked in Carbon County coal mines for over 40 years. He also farmed on leased land which he later purchased.
Bill excelled at farming, raising alfalfa, sugar beets, potatoes, grains, corn and a large vegetable garden. He freely shared his delectable vegetables with friends and acquaintances.
He is survived by his wife, Leah; his four children, Bill (Joni) Krompel; Rick Krompel; Kerry (Damavis) Krompel and Sherry (Todd) Larsen; three sisters, Mary, Annie (Sterling) Wilson and Caroline; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Ronnie and Randy; brother, Joe and infant brother Frank.
Graveside service Friday, April 12, 2013, Noon, Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Friday one hour prior to services. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends can share memories of Bill at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.