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November 4, 1940 — December 4, 2018

STONY CREEK — John F. Cronkhite, 78, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at his home.

Born in Fort Edward on Nov. 4, 1940, he was the son of the late John and Helen (Simmons) Cronkhite.

The day after he graduated Fort Edward High School in 1958, he enlisted in the United States Navy as an electronics technician and proudly served his country aboard the USS Chilton during the Bay of Pigs era. Once John was discharged, he gained employment locally in the manufacturing and paper industries.

John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing in all seasons. His vegetable gardens were a labor of love. He couldn't wait to harvest and share them with family members. He was a history buff, walking encyclopedia, had an arsenal of jokes and enjoyed storytelling at all social gatherings and family reunions. He devoted a lot of his time to researching and recording the family lineage, as he was proud of his heritage and willing to pass down his findings.

He was a life time member of The Veterans of Foreign War and The American Legion — William J. Varney Post 862 in Lake Luzerne, a member of the Honor Guard and was a former member of the Satterlee Hose Company in Fort Edward.

Along with his parents, John was predeceased by his sister, Helen “Ruthie” Cronkhite; and infant son, John Raymond Cronkhite.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Michele Manaher and husband, Don, Michael Cronkhite and Colleen Taft; granddaughter, Heather Taft; grandson, Donny Manaher; granddaughter, Gillian Manaher; brother, Donald W. Cronkhite; sister, Mary E. Allen and husband, Hank; former wife and mother of his children, Carol Hathaway; devoted K9 companion, Buster; former wife, Geneva Cronkhite and her children, Stephanie Chadwick and husband, Royal, Yvonne Morse, Candy Riley, Denise Barnes, Michael Ovitt and wife, Amy, and Donna Sutliff; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward.

A funeral service will follow calling hours at 1 p.m.

Burial with military honors will be at Union Cemetery, Fort Edward, after service.

Donations in John's memory may be made to The American Legion — William J Varney Post 862 in Lake Luzerne.

For online condolences and to view John's Book of Memories, please visit

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