Former Juneau resident Jorma K. Krook died on Oct. 26, 2009. He was 56.
He was born Jan. 4, 1953, in Jyvaskyla, Finland. When he was 4 years old, his family left Finland for the United States. After a short stay on the East coast, they moved to Kent, Wash., where he attended elementary and junior high school and helped on his family's farm. On Jan. 1, 1968, his family moved again, this time to Juneau, where his father and his partner started Eero Volkswagen.
He attended Juneau-Douglas High School and graduated in 1971. He worked for Eero Volkswagen through high school and after graduation. He worked with his father until his father retired and sold the business. He then went to work for Glacier Auto Parts for 20 years.
"As people will tell you, he was one of the best parts men in town," his family said.
He married Barb Barger, but after 10 years they separated and remained best of friends, as with his longtime partner, Bonnie Tourtellotte. He may have been small in stature but was immeasurable in heart and soul. He cared very deeply for his family and friends.
He enjoyed the waters around Juneau and fished when he was younger. His main hobby was bowling, from high school until only a couple of years ago. He was always on a team and bowled in many leagues. He traveled to state and national tournaments as well as bowling in local tournaments. He has many patches and trophies from his bowling days, and even a perfect score of 300 in 1994. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and even took a ride around Daytona Raceway in an official race car. He was thrilled. He loved people and enjoyed hanging out and visiting with one and all.
He is proceeded by his mother Saara M. Krook. He is survived by is father, Eero Krook; his brother, Jari Krook and wife Sandy Krook, of Juneau; his brother Harry Krook and sister Irma Hurst and her husband, Robert Hurst, of Tavares, Fla.; his nieces Kasey and Saara K. Krook; great niece, Zoey Krook, all of Juneau; his aunt Judy Keskinen, of Juneau, and her children and many more aunts, uncles and cousins, of Finland; and more friends that can be counted.
The family invites friends to join in a toast to Jorma. A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Juneau Moose Family Club on Old Dairy Road.
Cards may be sent to: Harry Krook, 31923 Tropical Shores Drive, Tavares, FL, 32778 and to Irma Hurts: 33924 Lincoln Road, Leesburg, FL, 34788.