By HDN Staff
HARLEM John Cronk, 93, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2001, at a Havre care center from natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at 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 and incorporated it as Cronk Brothers, Inc. in 1964.
Cronk was a 4-H leader for 20 years, school board member for 25, president of the NorthCentral Stockgrowers in 1968 and 1969, director emeritus of the Blaine Bank of Chinook, Shriner, elder in the Presbyterian Church in Harlem. He enjoyed serving and acting as chairman of the Cattle Health and Environmental committees of Montana Stockgrowers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Cronk, in 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.