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Melvin Cronk

July 27, 2012
Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG - Funeral services for Melvin Cronk, 88, of Armstrong will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Armstrong with Pastor Lyndon Roesler officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Armstrong. Interment will be at Armstrong Grove Cemetery in Armstrong with military graveside rites by the Weiby-Johnson VFW Post of Armstrong.

He died Thursday morning, July 26, 2012, at Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong.

Melvin Cronk, the son of Earl and Lena (Laatz) Cronk, was born July 3, 1924, on the family farm one mile east of Armstrong where he grew up.

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Melvin Cronk

He attended and graduated from Armstrong High School with the class of 1942. Following graduation he entered the service, serving in World War II, in both the European and Pacific Theatres. His service years were 1943 to 1946. He served in three branches: the 363rd MP's, 337th Combat Engineers (Italy) and 863rd Aviation Engineers (Philippines). After returning from service, Mel worked at Quaker Oats Co., farmed, was in the grocery business and in 1968 went to work for Moorman Mfg. Co. for 18 years before retiring in 1986. He has lived all his life in the Armstrong/Ringsted area. On Aug. 9, 1953, he married Dorothy H. Rovn, and they are the parents of three sons, Jeffrey, David and Kevin. Aside from a good day spent golfing with friends, his family was most important in his life, especially the grandkids he loved so very much. His dog "Midnight" also ranked high in his heart spending a lot of time with Mel in the last 15 years. His interest in auctions was a later-in-life hobby where he looked for and added to his collection of teapots and jackknives and also the many new friends he made.

Mel was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and a 66-year member of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons, Jeffrey and Lynn of Royal, David and Barbara of Spencer and Kevin and Lavonne of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Ashley Cronk, Matt Cronk, Tyler Cronk, Madison Cronk Merryman and husband, Josh, and Courtney Cronk. He also has a step-granddaughter, Vicki Phelps, and a step-great-granddaughter, Rachel Phelps. Survivors also include two sisters, Lois Corderman of Moberly, Mo., and Marlene Hittesdorf of McGregor, Texas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Carol Rovn of New Hope, Minn. and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law (Don Cronk in 2005 and Mary 2000); his sister-in-law and brother-in-law (Kathryn Rovn Oviatt 1992 and Owen Oviatt 2003); brother-in-law Jim Hittesdorf in 2010 and two nephews and a niece. Online condolences may be sent to



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