OAKTON, Va. - Ronald Raymond Crooker died peacefully at home on April 3, 2013 after a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer. He was 72 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Isabelle Beatrice (Marcoux) Crooker. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Joan Agnes (Lefavor) Crooker of Oakton, VA; his son Christopher R. Crooker and granddaughter Mary Katherine Crooker of Berlin, NH; his son John J. Crooker and grandsons Bret M. Crooker and Richard S. Crooker of Grovetown, GA; sisters and their husbands Shirley and Maurice Dionne of FL; Lorraine and Harold West of MA, and several nieces and nephews. Ronald was born in Nashua, NH in 1941. He graduated from Nashua High School (NH) class of 1958, and attended Lowell Technological Institute for several years, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1962. He took much pride in serving his country for 27 years, both as an enlisted man and as an officer. His work in the U.S. Coast Guard was in electronics, loran and quality control. His duty stations included ET school (62), Woods Hole, MA (63-65), Greenland (65-66), Folly Beach, SC (66-67), Officer Candidate School, Yorktown, VA (67), Brooklyn, NY (67-68), Washington (68-70), Cape May, NJ (70-72), Charlottesville, VA/DC (73-75), Boston, MA (75-78) and Washington (78-79). After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1979, he worked briefly as a realtor for Coldwell Banker. In full retirement, he took time to be with family and friends, was an active member in social events at Fairfax American Legion Post 177 and Vienna Moose. He especially enjoyed time spent with other military families, who were members, as he was of the IOOB (International Order of the Old Bastards). He liked gardening, keeping bushes and flowers in beauty for all of us to enjoy, and took pleasure in the wildlife around our home. He will be remembered for his laughter and smiles, even in the adversity of his illness. We will remember how he was always available to help family and friends. Funeral arrangements by Everly Funeral Home, Fairfax, VA. There is no visitation; a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Ft. Myer Chapel with interment at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ronald's memory to: (Checks can only be payable to) Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, at the following address: WRNMMC Gift Funds, Attn: Resource Department Bldg 17A 3rd FL, 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20889, or to Fisher House Bethesda, 24 Stokes Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Apr. 11, 2013