George William Cronkleton, 95, of West Mansfield, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima.
He was born Feb. 11, 1922, at the family homestead located north of West Mansfield, to the late Joseph and Hilda Fout Cronkleton. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Cronkleton.
George married Bernadine Reames on Nov. 23, 1944, and they just celebrated their 73rd anniversary Thanksgiving day. In addition to his wife, George is survived by his daughter, Linda (Dale) Goff of Bellefontaine; his son, Clifford (Becky) Cronkleton of Bellefontaine; six grandchildren; Lyn (David) Liner of Qatar, Tyler (Jennifer) Goff of Statham, Ga., Randy Goff and Adam (Anna) Cronkleton, both of Bellefontaine, Nathan (Amanda) Cronkleton of Brooksville, Miss., and Nicholas (Katie) Cronkleton of West Mansfield. He was very proud of his 11 great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Elizabeth Liner and Kalyn, Lexi, Cole, Lainey, Cooper, Natalie, Emily, Luke and Jacob Cronkleton.
George graduated from West Mansfield High School and went on to an airplane mechanic school in Tennessee. Soon after, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as an airplane mechanic on B-24s during World War II. George then returned home to farm, where he was a member of the West Mansfield United Methodist Church. Farming was in his blood and he farmed all his life, even driving tractor for his grandsons up until 2015. George and Bernadine had a dairy farm for many years.
He was a great mechanic and could fix anything. Some of his best moments came when he was working on his beloved John Deere tractors. His family will miss him greatly.
Calling is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the Wilson Funeral Home, Schnurrenberger Chapel, 222 W. Center St., West Mansfield, where funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, with Pastor Douglas Thompson officiating. Burial follows at North Greenfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the West Mansfield United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralhomesinc.com.