With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved father, and dear friend to many. Benny Bernd Kropius suddenly passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Great Falls, Montana.
Benny was born on Nov. 19, 1950 in York, Germany.
Benny had two brothers and one sister. They came to Canada in 1953, where they moved to Vauxhall, but later settled in Lethbridge.
Benny was the first in his family to graduate from high school and he went on to become a successful horse trader and eventually horse buyer.
Benny was married to Linda Kropius for 20 years. They had two children who they raised on their ranch in Fort Macleod.
Benny will always be remembered for his generous and kind heart and lively conversations. Benny’s contagious smile will be tenderly missed by all those who knew him.
Although travel, rodeo and friends were a big part of his life Benny was most fulfilled by his devotion to his children.
Benny is survived by his two children Kody and Rae-Lynn; his mother Hilda Kropius; brother Jurgen; grandchildren; and great friends the Barkshires.
Benny was predeceased by his father Kurt Kropius; brother Peter; and sister Rose.
Benny will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
Family and friends are invited to an open house celebration of Benny’s life at Rocky Mountain Turf Club grandstand on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at 2 p.m.
A separate celebration will also be held in Great Falls, Montana, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.