Eugene Cronkhite

Eugene Cronkhite

Eugene (Gene) S. Cronkhite, age 83 died May 4, 2019 at the Wings Home in Allegan, Michigan.

Gene will be lovingly remembered by his son Kelly J. Cronkhite, his daughter/son in law Lorie and Mike Bartz, his granddaughters McKensie and Samantha and several nieces and nephews. 

He attended Otsego High School and was a veteran of the Army where he finished his high school academics, received the good conduct medal and served his time in Alaska.  

For many years Gene worked for Michigan Cottage Cheese and retired from Yoplait USA where he was a member of the Teamsters and Union Steward.  For most of his life he enjoyed gardening, hunting, playing cards, dancing, time at the casino, and spending time at the Elks and VFW. 

Gene was preceded in death by his father, Ivan; mother, Elsie Berry; wife and first love of 40 years Judy; his siblings Donna Walters and Jim Cronkhite;  Bev Gauthier who was the second love of his life of almost 20 years; his sister in law, Sharalyn Davis and brother in law, Carl Walters.  

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Wings Home and Wings of Hope Hospice for their compassionate care during the final last few months of his life. 

At Gene’s request cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date with his children and grandchildren.  

In honor of Gene, contributions may be made to Wings Home, Allegan Michigan. 

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  1. Tim and Diane Walters says:

    Kelly and Lorie we have so many memories of your dad and your mom and all the good times we had we will never forget them.

  2. Todd Davis says:

    Kelly, Lori, Mike, Mackenzie, and Samantha
    We are extremely sorry for your loss . Coming out to visit my aunt and uncle on the farm was always special, both as a child and later as an adult . The memories of happier days helps sustain me when I’m feeling melancholy. My times with my Uncle fishing, hunting, and horseback riding are very special and later when Uncle Gene was slowing down just sitting at the table looking out the bay window for deer and talking about life, family, and his hero The Duke. I always will remember how nice he was to me on my last visit he told me how proud he was of his family and I consider myself extremely lucky to be part of it. Aunt Judy and Uncle Gene left an indelible imprint on me . May god bless them both now that they are together again. Please know we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.
    Todd, Peggy and Parker

  3. Chris Ducharme says:

    Kelly and Lorie- I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort during this sad time.

    Hugs-Chris DuCharme

  4. Bob and Loree Bagley says:

    Peace and strength to you Kelly

  5. Jackie, Emily, Eric & Evan Stack says:

    Kelly, Lorie, Mike, Mckensie & Samantha,

    Your dad and grandpa was a fine man! He was always kind, generous, and lots of fun! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Rest in peace, my friend.

  6. Sherry Gauthier says:

    Kelly, Lorie and Mike – my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. If you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to call.

  7. Dave and Laurie Westgate says:

    Kelly, Lorie and family,

    Our most heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Growing up with you and knowing your Dad over the years was a great experience–he will be missed.

  8. Maryln Langeance says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May he rest in peace.



  10. Jim and Jean Cronkhite says:

    We are both very sorry to hear of Uncle Gene’s passing. It had been some time since we last visited with him and knew his health was not good. Kelly and Lorie, rest assured he is in a better place. He is probably arm wrestling and having a beer with someone already.

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  12. Mitzi Henke says:

    Kelly, Lorie, Mike, and granddaughters,

    Sending my condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather. My thoughts are with you.

  13. Mitzi Henke says:

    Kelly, Lorie, Mike, and granddaughters,

    Thinking of you at this sad time. My condolences.

  14. ~Bill and Janice Thompson says:

    … Dear Family Of Gene … Our sincerest condolences, we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Gene, we will miss you!

  15. Lisa Meyer says:

    I work at Yoplait and worked in load out back when gene was driving the Yoplait truck. He was always so nice to me when he came in and always had a hug for me. After they discontinued the Yoplait fleet I never saw gene again but I made sure that he was on my Christmas card list every year. Even though I never heard back I hope he enjoyed getting my card and knew I thought about him. I’m praying for gene and his family

  16. Don and Hope Saladin says:

    Kelly and Lorie very sorry to hear the passing of your father. Got to know him when he still worked for Gen Mills. He would come up to Reed City and pick up loaded trailers. Sometimes when he got tired and I was off work would drive truck to Otsego while he took a nap for next run. Was always fun to stop and visit with him after he retired. Will miss stopping by and seeing him. Thoughts and prayers to all

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