Lottie Lee Krogh

Lottie Lee Krogh

February 14, 1923 – February 11, 2021

 Preceded in death by husband, Oakley Krogh; brother, Philip Richards; infant sister, Margaret Richards.  Survived by children and spouses: Linda Spencer (Jeffrey), Mark Krogh (Diane), Bruce Krogh (Margie), Jill Gloin (Steve), and Jonathan Krogh (Danette); eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren.

PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE: Tuesday, February 16th at 10:30am. Interment: Westlawn.   Memorials may be directed to the family for disbursement to Lottie’s beloved missions.

To view live broadcasts of the Funeral and Graveside Services, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


Lottie Lee was born on Valentine’s Day 1923 in Fayette, Missouri. She was the eldest child of Eugene Carson Richards and Margaret Ruby Mae Bettin. She lived in Kansas City until moving to Omaha in 1932.

After graduating from Omaha Central High School in 1941, Lottie worked at the UP Railroad. She attended the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle where she sang in the choir and met her future husband, Oakley M Krogh. On her birthday– February 14, 1944– they were engaged. Oakley enlisted in the Army Air Corp and was sent to Montgomery, Alabama, for basic training. It was there in the Base Chapel that they were married on May 6, 1944.

Shortly after the wedding Oakley was deployed to Italy and Lottie returned to Omaha. When the war was over,  families of the officers were allowed to join them. In Italy, Lottie and Oakley had time to see and explore the beauty of this country and spoke of this time with great fondness.

When Oakley’s tour was over, they returned to Omaha and began raising a family. Family was the most important job to Lottie. The daughter of one of her friends has a childhood memory of the Krogh home with its mounds of laundry and Lottie’s expert skill in using a mangle, even ironing white shirts and frills on dresses. The cookie jar was always full, and as college students her children loved the day when the coffee can of chocolate chip cookies arrived in the mail.

Lottie was involved in the PTA, Field Club Homeowners League, and numerous church activities both locally and regionally. Her love and passion for Jesus was shared through the ministries of Woman’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship where she served as the district president for several years, church choir, High School Youth Group sponsor, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School director, Bible study leader, and Heart-to­ Heart  mentor.

Lottie had little time for hobbies, but loved to play Scrabble and did so whenever the opportunity arose.

Her gift of hospitality was shared with many friends, family, and missionaries. In 1975, Oakley and Lottie sponsored a family from Vietnam who have since become very much part of her family.

Once the children had grown, she worked as an educational assistant with J.P. Lord, Richard Young, and several elementary schools. She volunteered at the Omaha Street School, Women’s Detention Center, and the Juvenile Detention Center.

Lottie enjoyed traveling. She and Oakley were able to take many trips through Bandag Inc.: Scotland, Hong Kong, Hawaii, England, Brazil, and Switzerland. There were also trips to see family: Norway, Germany, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Alberta, Canada.   Many summer weekends Lottie and Oakley enjoyed camping in their RV,  meeting friends at Woods Landing.  She had so wished to go to Rwanda, but only enjoyed the stories and pictures her son shared from his years there.

In later years, Lottie spent much of her time writing to and praying for missionaries and friends.  Her mailbox was filled with letters and cards from around the world from people for whom she prayed.

Her legacy of love is shown through comments from friends and grandchildren:

“Lottie is a great woman of God and a dear friend.”

“She was incredibly patient and tolerant of her limitations and immobility.”

She will be remembered for her quick smile and her laughter, which at times was unstoppable and brought her to tears.  She even laughed in her sleep!

Her life verse was Romans 15:13: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope ,through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Lottie was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Oakley; her parents; brother, Philip H. Richards; and sister, Margaret Mae Richards.

She is survived by five children: Linda (Jeffrey) Spencer, Mark (Diane), Bruce (Margie), Jill (Steve) Gloin, and Jonathan (Danette); eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and her Vietnamese family: Rev. Dai Van (Khuyen), Aileen, Quang, An, Trach, Gia, Hoa, Lan.

Family and friends are invited to join the family remotely by viewing the memorial service online: Tuesday, February 16th at 10:30 am at www.heafeyheafey.com.

Memorials will be directed to Lottie’s beloved mission ministries through Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuary and Crematorium.



  • TJ Booth Posted February 14, 2021 5:54 pm

    Sending your family Prayers for peace, and love at this difficult time.
    Pastor Jonathan, I will hold dear the many stories of joy and happiness you shared of your dear Mom, Lottie. Sending you all my love and deepest condolences.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:31 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you.

  • Jeff Wilson Posted February 14, 2021 6:48 pm

    A dear, dear lady whose faith in Christ shown. Grateful for her life and may her family be comforted and rejoice through the tears that Lottie is in the presence of the Lord and that those who share her faith will see her again.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:35 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.

  • Lou Ann Landholm Posted February 14, 2021 7:38 pm

    My sympathy to the family of Lottie. God’s blessings to you.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:36 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.

  • Da Ken Giao Bui Posted February 14, 2021 7:53 pm

    I share the gratefulness of the Van’s family to the Krogh Family for being their sponsor when they came to America in 1975. In the hope that we have in Christ, we will see Mr Oakley and Mrs. Lottie in heaven one day. May the peace of God be upon you during this time of temporary separation.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:37 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.

    • Linda Spencer Posted February 23, 2021 9:54 pm

      It was our parents joy to see God at work from having prayed for a country half way around the world to having a Pastor and his family carry on the work of the church for a Vietnamese congregation in California.

  • Cynthia Underwood Posted February 15, 2021 3:10 am

    Sending my condolences and prayers.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:37 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.

  • Mark Thompson Posted February 15, 2021 3:12 am

    My thoughts are with you (Jon), I love it because your mom aways corrected me, it’s Jonathan! LOL! I love you and she gave you the love and understanding of life! Bless you my oldest dear friend!

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:38 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.

  • David Maraett Posted February 15, 2021 9:45 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Scottie Brown May Posted February 15, 2021 11:25 am

    Lottie and Oakley were such special people in my life. So grateful to God for their influence. I regularly use a copy of Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest that Lottie signed in 1977. My life if richer because of them.

    • Jill Gloin Posted February 19, 2021 2:51 pm

      Thank you Scottie for this note. We have certainly been blessed by our church family over these past days. We have such a rich heritage.

  • Carolyn Thorson Brokopp Posted February 15, 2021 5:03 pm

    Remembering Lottie as my High School SS teacher and Youth Group Leader. Also, thankful for Lotte’s prayers for me during my 40 years in Gabon, Africa. Praying for peace for her family during this difficult time.

  • john carlson Posted February 15, 2021 7:03 pm

    What a wonderful lady. Sending prayers of comfort to the family. Love, John Carlson

  • Muchemi Ndegwa Posted February 15, 2021 7:45 pm

    Sorry for the loss and RIP

  • Aileen.vannguyen @gmail.com Posted February 15, 2021 9:04 pm

    Your unconditional love to our family will always remain in us . You brought us into your home as strangers and love us as family members. You have taught us well with your living examples and your love for the Lord . May you now Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ!

  • Dan Bui Posted February 15, 2021 9:59 pm

    I will forever be grateful for the kindness Mrs. Lottie showed by sponsoring my family when they first came from Vietnam. Her love is forever woven into the threads of our family and her influence can still be felt to this day. Thank you!!!

  • Lan Van Posted February 15, 2021 11:19 pm

    We are so thankful for your life , opening your home to help us. I remember your driving us to elementary school and teaching us to assimilate to life the US in 1975.
    You will always be in hearts. We love you.and miss you

  • Aivi Nguyen Posted February 15, 2021 11:33 pm

    It is wildly fitting that Mrs. Krogh was born on Valentine’s Day, because she was a true and shining example of Christ’s love. As Pastor Dai’s grand daughter and Aileen’s youngest daughter, I am a testament to how one family’s love through Christ and faith-in-action have affected multiple generations—and continues to reverberate today. I grew up hearing of her kindness and her family’s kindness. It is the kind of love that my mother still talks about to this day and has never forgotten, nor will. It was a blessing to meet Mrs. Krogh when she walked this earth; and it will be a blessing when we shall see her again. Until then—

    “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
    (1 Corinthians 13:2)

  • Susan l Bourgoyne Posted February 16, 2021 10:00 am

    My sincere condolences to all the family of Lottie. I only met her once when she came to visit Duluth to visit her brother’s family. I was married to her nephew and my son is named after her brother Philip. The short time I spent with her and the girls was a gift I have never forgotten, She was a joy and I am sure will be very missed. God Bless you all. Sincerely, Sue Bourgoyne, Lisa Richards, Philip Richards, Becky Richards Oman

    • Jill Gloin Posted February 19, 2021 2:54 pm

      Thank you Sue. I do remeber that trip with Linda, Mom and I came up to visit. You met us at the restaurant and Mom was thrilled that you took the time to come see her. Thank you for thinking of her today.

  • Thu Hoa, Thomas, Jayden & Nathan Trieu Posted February 16, 2021 10:29 am

    We share in your loss in the present and celebrate Mrs Kroghs beautiful life. Thank you, Mrs Krogh, for your love, kindness, prayers and letters of encouragement. We love you.

  • Mike & ThienAn Bui Posted February 16, 2021 10:37 am

    The life ,love and faith of Mrs. Krogh were a great inspiration to all of us. We are praying that God will heal your broken heart and bring you peace throughout this sad and sorrowful time.

  • Katelyn Krogh Posted February 16, 2021 10:45 am

    My Great Gram was a very special person in my life.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 4:46 am

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.
      Katelyn, you are a precious granddaughter.
      Love, Papa

  • Sandy Sidner Stutey Posted February 16, 2021 11:30 am

    It has been 62 years since I saw Lottie Krogh. My family was moving to Oklahoma from Omaha and we said goodbye to the Krogh family who, collectively and individually, were some the best next door neighbors I ever had. Mrs Krogh (I will always think of her that way) was the heart of the energetic Krogh family and she welcomed the Sidner kids as part of that brood. Running back and forth across the driveway, playing together, going to Vacation Bible School together, Kool-Aid and cookies on hot summer days, doing all those things that good neighbors did in the 50’s. I’m so glad she was able to have so many happy and fulfilling years with her family, friends, and community and I’m grateful to have known her.

  • KEITH KNIGHT Posted February 17, 2021 3:26 pm

    I am sorry for your loss! Mrs. Krogh always had those energetic eyes, and big confidant smile shown in your picture. As a neighbor boy, I remember her as a strict, loving, caring, compassionate mother. She made a big difference in the lives of many people.

    • Mark Krogh Posted February 17, 2021 5:21 pm

      On behalf of Lottie Krogh’s family, Thank you for your kind condolences.

  • Ben Yosief Posted February 20, 2021 10:56 am

    May God of all comfort, comfort you in this hard times.

  • Brooks & Lee Fuller Posted February 22, 2021 3:01 pm

    I’m sure she was a great lady. So sorry to hear RIP

  • Becky (Pugh) Gorton Posted February 23, 2021 4:11 pm

    Oh, I am sooo sorry and just learned of Aunt Lottie’s passing today! Talked to my brother and he told me. So sorry I missed the service and letting all of you know how I have 100s. . . no 1000s of memories of Aunt Lottie, Uncle Oakley, your home, sleep overs, your dad dropping us off in downtown Omaha for high school (Central of course) and on and on and on. . . Grammy Richards, and on and on and on. . . my heart is full of sweet remembrances and am grateful she is with your dad (and MY mom and dad) rejoicing in heaven. much love to ALL of you.

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