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.