Joseph “Joe” Smith Krill, 64

Joseph Smith “Joe” Krill, age 64, of Edgerton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday March 1, 2023.

Joe was born on February 9, 1959, in Hicksville, Ohio, to Cleon D. and Dema A. (Smith) Krill He graduated from Edgerton High School in 1977 and earned a degree in Dairy Science from The Ohio State University in 1981. He was an active member of the AGR fraternity. He married Rosemary Sheperd on May 29, 1982, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier, Ohio,and she survives.

Joe was raised with his four sisters Beverly (John)Emch, Becky (Lee) Kohler, Bonny (Preston) Justice, and Jane (Dean) Thompson. Joe was driving tractors at five, as soon as his feet could reach the petals. In his youth he loved to play football, basketball and drive his 1977 Dodge Challenger.

Joe was a 5th generation dairy farmer at Twin Lake Farms, where he worked alongside his wife, Rosey, and mentored his son, Frank. Joe was dedicated to the farm’s success and providing for his family, milking the cows and working the ground. Foremost, Joe was dedicated to his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife and best friend, Rosey, to whom he was married for 40 years. Their deep affection for each other was plain to those who knew them. Joe and Rosey traveled to Las Vegas annually and enjoyed road trips together. They raised four children – Kelly (Geoffrey), Samuel (Korianne), Franklin (Jenni), and Elizabeth (Marc) – and loved spending time with their seven grandchildren: Lincoln, JD, Lily, Ty, Lydia, Emma, and Isla. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Rebecca (Krill) Kohler; and a nephew, Joseph Emch

Joe was an avid Buckeye, NASCAR, and country music fan. Visitors to the farm could be sure that Joe was in the milking parlor when they heard The Highway serenading the cows inside. He could often be found in his favorite armchair watching a game. Joe’s greatest joy in life was encouraging his wife, children, and grandchildren in their athletic, academic, and personal endeavors. His servant heart and love for those around him lives on through his family and community. While our hearts are burdened by his loss, the joy he brought to our lives remains. He rests in the presence of the Lord.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 2:00-8:00 P.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, 114 East Hull Street, Edgerton. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 4763 Kramer Road, Edgerton, with Pastor Diane Schaffner and Karen Hahn officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton.

Memorials are requested to Emanuel United Methodist.



VisitationTuesday, March 7, 2023
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Krill Funeral Service – Edgerton
114 East Hull Street
Edgerton, Ohio 43517 

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Funeral ServiceWednesday, March 8, 2023
1:00 PM


Emanuel United Methodist Church
4763 Kramer Road
Edgerton, Ohio 43517

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