Gordon Lee Kronberger, 78, passed away, September 27, 2019, after battling Alzheimer’s disease, in Nampa, Idaho.
Surviving family include his wife of 54 years, Bonnie Bartsch Kronberger; and their children: Lance Kronberger (Nikki), Eagle River, Alaska; Kelli Kronberger Lindley (Jeremy) Nampa, Idaho, and Adam Kronberger (Chauntel) Salem, Oregon. Surviving siblings are Susan Bain, Cottage Grove, Oregon, Sandra Buscher, Sheridan, Oregon, and Gene Kronberger, Creswell, Oregon. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Anna Olin Kronberger; and a brother Gary Kronberger.
Gordon was born in New Salem, North Dakota and moved to Saginaw, Oregon when he was six. He grew up there and attended Cottage Grove High Scholl, three miles away. He attended Oregon College of Education (Western Oregon University) where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Oregon State University, receiving a Master’s of Science. Gordon was a high school science teacher and coach throughout Oregon for 34 years. Although he coached almost every sport, Basketball was his favorite, with many trips to the state play-offs. After retiring from teaching in 2005 he bought a 700 acre ranch in Yoncalla, Oregon and raised Angus cattle. In 2015, when dementia compromised Gordon’s abilities, he and his wife moved to Nampa, Idaho to be near their daughter.
The Free Methodist Church in Cottage Grove, Oregon was an important part of Gordon’s growing up and early adult years. He chose to live and work in small communities and always found a church for worship and fellowship. He died a member of the Nazarene Church.
A private interment was held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell, Idaho. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Saturday, November 16, at Emerald Valley Golf Resort and Event Center, in Creswell, Oregon at 11:30 AM.