GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                            Thursday, September 6, 2001

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JOHN CRONK

  HARLEM -- John Cronk, 93, a retired rancher, died of natural causes Monday in Havre.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Harlem Presbyterian Church, with burial in Harlem

Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include a daughter, Kay Smith of Roosevelt, Utah; sons John "Jack" Cronk

of Harlem and Richard Cronk of Chinook; a sister, Norma Dickson of Chinook; eight

grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  His wife, Leona, died in 1996.

  He also was preceded in death by his brother, Roger Cronk; and a sister, Ruth Ekegren.  

  He was born June 4, 1908, in Great Falls, and raised on the Cronk Ranch in Coburg.

  He graduated from Chinook High School in 1927 and attended business college in Spokane.

  His father died in 1936, and he and his brother Roger operated as Cronk Brothers until

incorporating as Cronk Ranch Inc. in 1964.

  He married Leona Dolven on June 29, 1932, in Harlem.

  John never had any desire to live anywhere else or follow any business other than

ranching, in spite of its ups and downs.

  He was a 4-H leader for 20 years, served on the school board for 25 years and was

president of North Central Stockgrowers in 1968-69. He was Director Emeritus of the

Blaine Bank in Chinook, a Shriner and an elder of the Harlem Presbyterian Church.

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THE BLAINE COUNRY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                           Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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JOHN CRONK

  John Cronk, 93, died of natural causes Monday, September 3, 2001, at the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 8, at 10 a.m. in the  Harlem Presbyterian Church with burial following in the Harlem Cemetery. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

  John was born June 4, 1908  in Great Falls to John and Anna (Rogers) Cronk. He was a true native Montanan and never had a desire to live anywhere else or to follow any other business other than ranching, in spite of its ups and downs. His father raised and sold registered Percheron horses, so they always had good active horses to help with the work. His father was also an early riser and it was not unusual to get the horses in, fed and harnessed, eat breakfast, then wait for daylight to go to work. Today, using the modern machinery, he often wondered how they ever got any work done with horses. However, horses still have their place on many ranches.

  In addition to the regular cow/calf and yearling operation, the Cronks sold and showed Herford bulls for several years. To supplement the cattle business, they raised certified seed potatoes for forty years and shipped seed potatoes all over the United States and Canada. When their father passed away in 1936 John and brother Roger operated together as the Cronk Brothers. In 1964 they incorporated as the Cronk Ranch, Inc.

  When John started school he rode horseback three miles to Coburg. In 1920 the family moved to Chinook for the school term and John graduated from Chinook High School in 1927. The following year he attended business college in Spokane.

   On June 29, 1932, John married Leona Dolven in Harlem and settled on the ranch. They had three children -- Jack, Kay and Richard. For 20 years John was a 4-H leader and for 25 years he served on the school board.  He was president of North Central Stockgrowers in 1968 and 1969. He enjoyed serving and acting as chairman of the Cattle Health and Evironmental committees of the Montana Stockgrowers. He was also Director Emeritus of the Blaine Bank in Chinook, Shriner and  elder of the Presbyterian Church in Harlem.

  John and Leona felt that life had been good to them and they met some wonderful people. They took time off to travel to Hawaii, Europe and all around the United States. John said that you only live once, but if you live right once is enough.

  Survivors include his two sons Jack of Harlem and Richard of Chinook; one daughter, Kay Smith of Roosevelt, UT;  grandchildren, Bret, Travis, Kyle and Suzanne Smith, Kaycee Cronk, Jason, Trever and Shantell Cronk; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Dickson of Chinook; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

  His wife, Leona, preceded him in death in 1996.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                   Thursday, September 8, 2001

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JOHN CRONK

 

  HARLEM - John Cronk, 93, died  Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at a Havre Care Center from  natural causes.

  Funeral services will be held  10 a.m. on Saturdayat Harlem Presbyterian Church, with burial following in Harlem Cemetery.

  Cronk was born June 4, 1908  in Great Falls to John and Anna (Rogers) Cronk.

  He grew up on the family ranch and attended school at Coburg. The family moved to Chinook in 1920 and he graduated from Chinook High School in 1927. He attended business college for a year in Spokane, Wash.

   He married Leona Dolven on June 29, 1932 in Harlem and they settled on the ranch. Cronk and his  brother took over the ranch when their father died in 1936 ans incorporated it as Cronk Brothers,  Inc. in 1964.

  Cronk was a 4-H leader  20 years, school board member for 25, president of North Central Stockgrowers in 1968 and 1969, Director Emeritus of the Blaine Bank of Chinook, Shriner, elder of the Presbyterian Church in Harlem. He enjoyed serving and acting as chairman of the Cattle Health and Evironmental committees of Montana Stockgrowers.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Cronk, 1996; brother Roger Cronk; sister, Ruth Ekegren.

  Survivors include his children, Jack Cronk of Harlem, Kay Smith of Roosevelt, Utah; and Richard Cronk of Chinook; sister, Norma Dickson of Chinook; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;  numerous nieces and nephews.

  Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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THE SENTINEL                                                                      Wednesday, September 12, 2001

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JOHN CRONK

 

  HARLEM - John Cronk, 93, died  Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at a Havre Care Center from  natural causes.

  Cronk was born June 4, 1908  in Great Falls to John and Anna (Rogers) Cronk.

  He grew up on the family ranch and attended school at Coburg. The family moved to Chinook in 1920 and he graduated from Chinook High School in 1927. He attended business college for a year in Spokane, Wash.

   He married Leona Dolven on June 29, 1932 in Harlem and they settled on the ranch. Cronk and his  brother took over the ranch when their father died in 1936 ans incorporated it as Cronk Brothers,  Inc. in 1964.

  Cronk was a 4-H leader  20 years, school board member for 25, president of North Central Stockgrowers in 1968 and 1969, Director Emeritus of the Blaine Bank of Chinook, Shriner, elder of the Presbyterian Church in Harlem. He enjoyed serving and acting as chairman of the Cattle Health and Evironmental committees of Montana Stockgrowers.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Cronk, 1996; brother Roger Cronk; sister, Ruth Ekegren.

  Survivors include his children, Jack Cronk of Harlem, Kay Smith of Roosevelt, Utah; and Richard Cronk of Chinook; sister, Norma Dickson of Chinook; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;  numerous nieces and nephews.

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