Dr Bernard Krone, long-time owner of the Krone Group, has passed away, following a short illness.
He died in Spelle, Emsland, on October 14th, 2022, at the age of 82, the company has confirmed in a statement.
A spokesperson for the company said:
“Even though the death of Dr Bernard Krone leaves a deep cut in the soul of the company, the lived values of the far-sighted, yet down-to-earth Emsland native form the basis for the sustainable success of the company to this day.”
“Honesty, reliability, straightforwardness – these are terms by which many companions describe him full of esteem.”
“It was always important for him to be a role model and to actively live this role.”
“His passing is not only mourned by his family and relatives, as well as more than 7,000 employees, but also the international agricultural engineering and European commercial vehicle industry, which the passionate family entrepreneur, Dr Bernard Krone, decisively shaped through his many years of work.”
“Being in close contact with customers – the personal interaction with the people in the industries – has always been particularly close to his heart.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for Farmhand said:
“It is with regret that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Bernard Krone.”
“He had unfortunately been quite ill in recent times and sadly passed away last night. As a close friend of the Scrivener family and Farmhand in general, he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.”
Dr Bernard Krone
Dr Bernard Krone was regarded as “a visionary man of action”.
His life motto was inspired by the philosopher Dante Alighieri: “One waits for the times to change, the other seizes them and acts”, and he acted – naturally.
He continuously developed the company and made ground-breaking decisions to diversify the business.
In addition to entering the commercial vehicle sector, he established, among other things, self-propelled technology in ag engineering and specialised the Krone company in forage harvesting technology.
He officially retired from the operational business in 2010 and handed over the helm to his son Bernard Krone.
With the early arrangement of the company succession for the benefit of the Krone Group, he once again demonstrated entrepreneurial foresight.
His commitment had an impact far beyond the boundaries of the company as he was “fully” devoted to association work, which has been awarded time after time.
Dr Krone grew into the company from the very beginning as from childhood, he was often allowed into the factory and to visit customers.
As a 6-year-old pupil, he told his teacher that he could learn more in the workshop than at school.
Of course, he continued to attend anyway and completed an apprenticeship after graduation.
Then, he began his academic training as a mechanical engineer in Cologne in 1959 as the youngest student at that time.
Three years later, he successfully completed his studies and joined the company. His father then sent him to Ireland to spend time abroad.
He wanted to prepare him as early as possible to take over the firm.
In 1970, his father passed suddenly, and as sole heir, he took over the company’s agricultural machinery production in Spelle.
His father left big shoes to fill for Dr Bernard Krone, but it “was a matter of course for him to take on the responsibility”.
In his private life, the father-of-three and multiple grandfather was committed to the interests of nature in his home region and beyond as a passionate hunter and farmer.
The family, the entire company management and all employees will continue his life’s work with commitment for generations to come.
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