Merlin "Mel" E. Kroack

Nov 30, 1920 – Mar 28, 2015

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Born to John and Pearl Kroak in New Albin, Iowa on November 30, 1920. He passed away at home in Seattle on March 28, 2015. He attended Iowa State Universtiy and recieved a BA degree. He was an insurance company executive and a longtime independent insurance broker. Hew was and avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting, along with his devoted Vizsla dog, Rustie.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine Lesher of Seattle, son, John Kroack of Lynnwood and Bunker, the black lab.


Robert M. Burns
Mill Creek, WA
Mar 8, 2016

Mel was one of those rare individuals that had a lot of talent. I met him 14 years ago approx. He worked with me marketing some insurance related products - and what was immediately apparent was that I was in the presence of real mastery - he was one of a kind. I'll miss him a lot.


Dan and Sandra Rollins
Auburn, WA
May 9, 2015

Mel was such a kind gentleman through all the years we knew him. He and Maxine were always such gracious hosts at their home. He loved our daughters' red hair and always had the kindest comments.

Judie and Bill Nelson
Seattle, WA
Apr 26, 2015

Mel was a kind and gracious friend to Bill, and one of Bill's best fishing and hunting buddies. Good times! Memories keep old friends with us forever. Blessings to the family.

Dixie Norgren
Buckley, Wa
Apr 24, 2015

Mel was a devoted and loving friend to my late husband Bill and to me. He will be missed and I consider it a priviledge knowing him. Love you Mel.

Genesis Lodge #305
Edmonds, WA
Apr 22, 2015

The members of Genesis Lodge #305 F&AM are sad to hear of Brother Mel's passing. Are prayers are with his wife and family, including Bunker. There will be a Masonic memorial for him at our meeting in May.

Mr. / Mr's. Ralph M. Shape
SeaTac, Wa
Apr 20, 2015

Mel was a gentle gentelman.

Such a positive being for us and so admired

Our lives will miss him profoundly .

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