WEIKERT — Harold R. Cronin, 80, of 90 White Mountain Road, entered into rest at 7:50 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Watsontown Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 12, 1933, in Lewisville, Ohio, a son of the late Ray and Dessie (Ricer) Cronin. On May 18, 1953, he married the former Barbara R. Barnett, who survives. His passing breaks a marital union of 60 years.
Harold grew up in the Woodsfield, Ohio area, graduating from Lewisville High School, a one room school house, in 1952.
Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force in which he served for 20 years through the Korean conflict and Vietnam War. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force Security Service in several places, including Alaska, Japan, Scotland, San Antonio Texas, Pensacola Florida, Clark Air Base in the Philippines two times, Bremerhaven Germany two times and Darmstadt Germany once. He took the time served for his beloved country seriously and would never talk of the details of his work.
After retiring from the Air Force in March of 1972, Harold began renovating his wife’s old family home in Weikert. During this time, he and his wife owned and operated the Weikert Country Store for seven years. There were other places that he lived since then, taking a job with the Federal Prison Service, initially at Lewisburg, then Allenwood, Collierville Tennessee, Morgantown West Virginia, Otisville New York and others.
For a time he purchased a home and lived in Mifflinburg so his children could be close to their school. He moved back to Weikert in 1987, where he lived until his health took a turn for the worse in July.
He loved working on old houses, tinkering with cars, bowling and helping others.
Harold was a member of the Union County Sportsman’s Club, Weikert, Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410, and the Mifflinburg VFW Post 1964.
He believed in having a good time, but his focus changed in 1995 when his wife Barbara had the first of a series of disabling strokes. From that point forward Harold was her nurse, best friend, and devoted caretaker until it became too much for him to handle in November of 2012.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Lyman R. and Christine D. Cronin, of Hartleton, and Patrick E. and Mary S. Cronin, of Bellefonte; two daughters and one son-in-law, Chivi M. and Leonard Dagg, of Universal City, Texas, and Michelle Cronin, of the Cronin family home in Weikert; 14 grandchildren, Crysandra Cronin and her companion Jeff Barlow, of Monroeville, Harold, Desiree, and Donald Cronin. Bobbie Jo and her husband Red Gilbert, of Converse, Tex., Scott Dagg and his wife Tina, of Converse, Tex., Zachary, Shane, Ty, and Erin Cronin, of Bellefonte, Matthew and his wife Delana, of the Cronin family home in Weikert, Andrew Murray, of Millmont, and Brandon and Aaron Murray, of the Cronin family home in Weikert; three stepgranddaughters, Melissa Williams and her companion Daniel Moll, of Rand, Jennifer Williams, of Weikert, and Patricia Foust, of Northumberland; four great-grandchildren, Cherri, Ashley, and Sarah Jeffreys, and Cayden Murray; and eight stepgreat grandchildren, Cheyenne, Skylar, Briar, and Araya Williams, Akysha and Dustin Mullany, and Wyatt and Donovan Foust; and one stepgreat great granddaughter, Carmen Mullany.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Paul in October 1973.
There will be no public viewing. Family and friends are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hironimus Union Church, Weikert, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ralph Unroe, officiating.
Burial will be in the Hironimus Union Cemetery, with military honors by the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Union County West End Ambulance, 3005 State Route 235, Millmont, PA 17845.
Funeral arrangements are by the Roupp Funeral Home Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg.