MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio – Wilbert “Jack” Crocker, 70, passed away Friday, December 30, at Hospice House in Poland after a brief illness.
He was born on May 8, 1946 in Greenville, Pennsylvania, son to the late Isa Belle and Wilbert “Webb” C. Crocker, and stepson to the late Nora H. Crocker.
Jack grew up in Fredonia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Reynolds High School, class of 1964. He then attended Youngstown State University as a Commercial Art major.
Jack worked in retail management for Kmart for 36 years in the Youngstown area and also drove ambulance for Lane’s Life Trans in the early days of the company.
Jack was a member of the Shenango Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Mahoning Valley Car Club and the Lincoln Highway Association. He loved spending time with his wide circle of family and friends. Jack loved cars and driving and he and his wife enjoyed traveling the Lincoln Highway, going to antique car cruises with their vintage cars and collecting antiques and any memorabilia of the Lincoln Highway sites or Abraham Lincoln. When Sharon passed, Jack donated her extensive collection of Lincoln Highway postcards and memorabilia to the Lincoln Highway Association in her memory.
Jack loved good food, especially home-cooked but he had many favorite restaurants and always loved trying new ones. Jack will be remembered having a good joke for every occasion.
Left to cherish Jack’s memory are his brother, Edward P. Crocker and his nieces and nephews, Carol Mayhew Crawford, Linda Mayhew Yetter, William D. Mayhew, Doris Mayhew Stupka, Kelly Mayhew McCloskey, Jean Hendricks, Shawn Kather, Shelly Crocker Cameron, Sherrie Crocker El-Maayergy, Jackie Jerome, Dottie Crocker, Greg Reeder, and Jim Reeder.
In addition to parents, Jack is preceded in death by his loving wife of 38 years, Sharon Kay (Reeder) Crocker; his son, Nathan Paul Crocker; his parents-in-law, George and Thelma Reeder; his sister, Becky Ann Kather; his brother-in-law, Gene Kather; his sister-in-law, Darlene Gallantine Crocker; his niece, Karen Crocker Dayrit and his stepsister, Myrtle “Bunny” Mayhew.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave., Boardman, Ohio where a memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.
Special thanks to Jack’s devoted and caring friends, Rick and Joan Merz, Ben, Mary and John Mast, Carmel and Denny Siciliano, Chris and Reb Dickenson, Eli and Lavina Mast Family, Joanne and Ken Dodson, Donna Gwyer Newbold and Karen Shannon.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Jack’s memory to Hospice of the Valley, 9803 Sharrot Road, Poland, Ohio 44514
Family and friends may send condolences to www.lanefuneralhomes.com.