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Thomas Michael Cronk

Thomas Michael Cronk of Vicksburg, MI passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the age of 74 after several years of illness and cancer. Tom endured several years of many illnesses, but he is at peace now with no more pain or suffering. Tom was a strong and honest man. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on November 19, 1946 the son of Darl and Lova (Morlan) Cronk. At a very young age Tom acquired a strong work ethic, he was a proud man that always liked to look and dress nice. Tom was always at the task of helping his family, especially his beloved mother. Throughout his pre-teen years he helped his dad shovel coal into the Boiler Makers at Nazareth College in the middle of the night. Tom started working at Paul’s Pantry at the age of fifteen and by seventeen he worked for Brunswick making pool tables. When Tom was nineteen, he started at the Allied Paper Mill and he decided that his career would be to join the skilled trades. He became a Journeyman at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #7. Tom was a hard worker and loved his job. He used to work 10 hrs. a day 7 days a week for a long time. People used to say to him after he retired “I heard about you, Tom, you’re a legend!”. Tom was such a handy man; he could build anything. He would do a layout on paper and then just build it. Tom loved the game of baseball. Starting in Little League, he was First baseman and pitcher. Being ambidextrous help to make him an excellent player. His name was featured in the Kalamazoo Gazette for his awesome plays and winning runs. Tom loved hunting and fishing in the great outdoors. Pheasant hunting with his dogs was a passion for him. He had a gift with dogs and all dogs loved Tom. He was an excellent trainer. Hunting beside his dogs was a beautiful thing. He had German Shorthairs and English Setters for Pheasants and Beagles for rabbits. Tom and his wife lived in Montana for eleven years and during that time he loved his riding in his pontoon boat and driving for hours in the mountains on his Polaris Ranger. Fishing, whether on the ice or in a boat. His longtime friend: Richie Foster was the best man in his wedding and was his fishing buddy. They caught lots of fish and had just as many laughs. Richie was like a son/brother to Tom. During Tom’s illness, Richie helped Tom tremendously. Tom with his infectious laughter and sense of humor, will be missed by many. He loved old cars, Tom worked hard and was able to purchase nice cars. At the age of nineteen he had a 62’ convertible corvette, the crown jewel of his collection was his 1955 Chevy. On June 24, 2000 Tom married the love of his life and soulmate: Alice Slayton. Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife of twenty years: Alice Cronk; siblings: Mary (Jerry) Haas and Joe (Linda) Cronk; a fur baby name: Molly girl; many nieces and nephews; and so many friends and acquaintances. Tom was one of a kind, for sure and the mold was broken after he was made. Tom was a character with the greatest sense of humor and he always said, “Don’t thank me, Remember me”. A public graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Vicksburg Cemetery, Vicksburg, MI with Pastor Jim Dyke officiating. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and take some time to pay their respects. While visiting Thomas's tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Cronk family is being assisted by McCowen and Secord Family Funeral Homes Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 S. Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097. 269-649-1697.

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Mar 16 2021 3:00 PM

I wish I could have met Tom. From all I am reading, he was an amazing guy. I am so sorry for your loss Alice and to all of Tom's family and friends. - Andy Castleberry

Andy Castleberry-McCumber Mar 16 2021 2:50 PM

I have many memories of Tom and it's hard to pick just one out. But if I had to it would be back in 2007 when our family went to visit them in Montana. The kids were so excited to be apart of the Noxon July 4th Parade. One day during our visit Tom said pack up the truck we are going for a ride across the street. Well across the street were mountains of course! We spent all day riding in the back of the blue truck and Tom was the best tour guide. He would stop and point out all of the sights to us. It was one of my favorite days during our entire trip! Tom thank you for loving my sister and loving her like you did! You will be missed beyond what words can describe. I won't say good buy but I'll see you again! Windee Wagner and Family

Windee Wagner Mar 16 2021 9:17 AM

Alice, We are so sorry for the loss of Tom. Sounds like he was an amazing guy and you were both lucky to have each other. Our hope is that all of the memories of happy times help guide you through this time of sorrow. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob & Linda VanderStraaten

Robert A VanderStraaten Mar 16 2021 6:43 AM

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Mar 15 2021 11:00 AM

I remember the first day I met Tom. We just got done working a long shift at a paper mill and we were out by our cars. I locked my keys in my car and I was gonna break the window so I could go home. So Tom said he man I can give you a ride. We ended up drinking and laughing. And the rest is history. And he took me to get my spare keys.

Richi Mar 13 2021 4:10 PM

Alice So sorry to hear about Tom passing. Sorry we are out of state til May. We'll get in touch when we return. Uncle John and Aunt Julie

John Mar 13 2021 10:23 AM

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Mar 13 2021 4:19 AM

To my sweet sister-in-law Alice. I want to to know we are grateful to you for loving Tom and being there when the rough got going. Tom loved you like no other and you him! We have our favorite memories and times to think about. He could be so much fun at times!He gave his best fight to be with you. I am sad he had to leave!:heart::heart::heart::heart: Happy Trails Tom Love Jerry and Your big sister Maryesther

mary Haas Mar 12 2021 10:51 PM

Sending Love Alice so sorry for you and Family .

Glo Gary Smith Mar 12 2021 10:16 PM

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