Charlie Kroll, Fred Bear's Best buddy and relative, passed away yesterday at his cabin on the Au Sable River in Grayling, Michigan
Charlie had shoveled snow and put out corn for the deer and birds.
He canceled a meeting with another old bowhunter claiming to be tired. He said he has finished the snow shoveling and the deer had already hit the corn.
He was sitting upright in a swing chair over looking the Au Sable River when the Good Lord called him last night
He had a new book out on Fred Bear and he was supposed to be signing this book for me this week.
His Son Chris Kroll was a avid young Bowhunter and sort of an adopted son of Fred Bear
Chris Kroll, Chuck's only child, died at age 17 tragically and his death broke Fred's heart
Chris was well known for a Super Mountain Goat he took with his bow in BC
at age 15 with a Bear recurve Bow
Charlie Kroll was an early Member/founder of the Pope & Young Club Maybe Even President several times and a old time bowhunter from the old school.
Much of the Fred Bear's legacy was stored in Chucks mind and heart
I was happy to serve Under Chris when he was Chairman of the Conservation Committee of the Pope & Young Club and I was a Committee member back in the mid 1970s. I helped raise $$$ grants for P & Y Projects
Chuck will be missed.
Tonight Chuck sits around Small gleaming camp fire with Fred, Saxon Pope, Art Young, Howard Hill, Bob Swinehart, Art Laha, The Thompson Brothers, Chief Compton and they are talking about bowhunting and the future of bowhunting.....
RIP Charlie .... you were the best Old Buddy