105. John Kroese was born on 26 August 1932 in rural Adams, Gage County, Nebraska. He served in the United States Army and served a tour in Heidelberg, Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany. He graduated from Doane College in Crete, Saline County, Nebraska. He majored in business administration. Following graduation he worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance as a claims adjuster and completed his career as vice-president of sales for Ball Metal.
John Kroese and Phyllis Banks were married on 16 July 1961 in Campbell, Franklin County, Nebraska. They started married life in Elmhurst, Dupage County, Illinois, where Phyllis taught school and John worked at various jobs until accepting a sales position at the Ball Corporation. They have Lived in Downers Grove, Illinois, for the past 35 years and continue to live there in retirement. Phyllis Banks, daughter of Benjamin Ernest Banks and Irene Hanson, was born on 6 April 1937 in Campbell, Franklin County, Nebraska. She graduated from Campbell High School in Campbell, Franklin County, Nebraska. She graduated from University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. Phyllis received a degree in Home Economics from University of Nebraska. She taught in Nebraska City, Nebraska and Northlake, Illinois.
John Kroese and Phyllis Banks had the following children: