Kermit F. Stroh

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Kermit F. Stroh

Kermit  Stroh is one of our members  who lived out of town (Lima, Ohio) and never has had the opportunity to attend any of our meetings,  however,  he is a Korean  War Veteran who is proud of his  service  during  the war.   He was  a tent mate  of Lew  Ewing  when  they  served  with  the  6th Helicopter Company located in Chunchon, Korea in 1953-54.  He found out about the Korean War Veterans  Association and our Chapter  in August  2016 when  Lew  and Mary  Jane  were  visiting Kerm and Mary Ellen at their summer home in Harbor  Springs, Michigan  and he decided  that he wanted to become a member  of the KWVA and our Chapter even though he realized that he would not have the opportunity  to share in fellowship and camaraderie with his fellow Korean veterans.

Kermit Ferdinand  (Kerm) Stroh was born in Moulton,  Ohio, a small community located in the western part of the state near Wapakoneta on February  25,  1933 to Elmer  and Emma  Stroh.   He graduated  from Blume  High  School,  class  of 1951  and  worked  with  his  father in the Moulton General  Store until called to service with the US Army during the Korean War.   He received  his Basic Training  at Ft. Eustis, VA and graduated  from Advanced  Helicopter Maintenance School at Gary Air Force Base in San Marcos, TX before receiving  orders to the Far East and was assigned to the 6th Helicopter  Company  where he served  a Crew Chief on an H-19 helicopter.   After the war ended, the 6th Helicopter  Company was transferred to Japan, and since he was a "short timer'', Keim was reassigned to the 6th' s sister company, the 13th Helicopter  Company located in Uij ungbu,

Korea where he completed his overseas tour of duty.

After returning  home from Korea, in 1958 Kenn  and his father Elmer, founded Moulton Gas Service,  Inc.,  working  out of the back bedroom  of Elmer's house.   From  that  humble  start,  the company grew into a multi-state full-service propane  company.  During those years, Kerm was the only person to serve two terms as the Ohio Propane Gas Association President.  In the early 2000's, he was ready to slow-down and spend more time with his family, so Kerm accepted an offer from another propane  company that was looking to expand their footprint in his market area and he sold his company to them.

Kerm believed  in giving back to his community by volunteering his time and expertise  while serving on numerous  community organization boards of directors including  serving multiple terms on the Lima Memorial  Hospital Board plus serving on the Bowling  Green State University  Board of Trustees where he served two terms as board chair from  1999-2001.  He was recognized for his contributions to BGSU by being awarded  an Honorary  Doctorate  Degree in 2002.  Following  the sale  of his  propane  business,  he  and his wife provided a major gift to help  construct BGSU's convocation building  - The Stroh  Center and  also  established the  Kerm  and  Mary  Lu  Stroh Scholarship  Fund at BGSU,  which  provides  an annual  scholarship to a student in their  area.    A die-hard  supporter  of Falcon  athletics,  Kerm was inducted  into the BGSU Athletic  Hall of Fame in October of 2022.

He was married to his first wife, Mary Lu, for 57 years until her death in 2008.  They were the proud parents  of three daughters,  Tracey,  Deborah,  and Melissa,  grandparents to five grandsons and  great-grandparents  to  five  great-grandchildren.    Following  the  death  of Mary  Lu,  Kerm married Mary Ellen Good.

Kerm passed  away on September  22, 2022 at the age of 89 years, survived  by his wife, Mary Ellen.

While in Korea, Lew Ewing remembers  Kerm as an easy-going,  friendly, and knowledgeable fellow soldier who was always willing to help any member of our section at any time.  That attitude was still evident  when Kerm and Lew reconnected in 2010 after some 55+ years.  With Kerm's passing,  Lew feels he has lost a brother.