Allen L. Cronk, 61, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Allen L. Cronk, 61, Watertown, passed away Aug. 12, 2019, at home under the care of Hospice of Jefferson County and his family.

He was born Aug. 21, 1957, in Alexandria Bay, a son of Andrew B., Jr. and Agnes B. (Ainsworth) Cronk.

Allen was educated in the General Brown Central School District. He was employed at numerous locations including Clayton Supermarket, Hannaford Supermarket, and Seaway Lanes Bowling Alley. He also worked at several local farms.

A marriage to Stella Hous in 1977 would end in divorce. He married Josephine Simpson in August of 1994.

Allen loved his family, helping people, his large network of friends, fishing, and his cat “Tiny”. He will be remembered as a generous person who had a large heart by all who knew him.

Surviving besides his father, Andrew Jr., and his wife, Josephine, are his siblings, Andrew III and Leanne Cronk of Virginia, Jeffrey and Doris Cronk of Alabama, Rosanne and James Hatch of Dexter; his half-siblings,  Gordon and Krista Cronk of Brownville, William Towsley of Watertown, Agnes Towsley of Watertown, Lee-Ann Cronk Taylor of Oklahoma; and a brother in-law, Carl Simpson of Watertown. Allen is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Allen was predeceased by his mother, Agnes; his grandparents, Andrew B. Sr. and Dorothy Cronk, Christopher and Lillian Ainsworth; a sister, Shirley Tibbles, a brother who died in infancy, Joseph Cronk, and his stepmother, Dianna Cronk.

The funeral service will be held noon Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial will follow the service in Honeyville Cemetery. Per his request there is no public visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, Syracuse, NY 13057.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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