Crown, Ronald Leroy |
Leroy Crown, 76, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away on 21 November, 2016.
Ronald (Ron) was born November 29, 1939, in Del Norte, Colorado to Elmer and Bethene (Burnett) Crown. In May of 1957 he graduated from Center High School and joined the Army. He was lucky enough to be drafted as a surveyor and gunner, and spent most of his military time in the jungles of Panama surveying the Panamanian isthmus. After his time in the Army he moved to Denver and went to work as a body and fender man. During this time, he reunited with his High School sweet heart Ms. Shirley Crown (Kinser) and they later married. Ron continued his career as one of the top rated and certified body and fender men in the Denver area until his retirement in June, 2016. During his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family and playing with his dog Nike. Ron and Shirley then moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico to be closer to his two adopted daughters Vinda Roberts-Crown and Misty Finical (Crown) and her husband Ryan Finical. After a two-month battle with pancreatic cancer he passed peacefully in his sleep.
Ronald is preceded in death by his father Elmer, mother Bethene, sister Maxine, father-in-law Loyde Kinser, and brother-in-law Roland Ford. He also was preceded by his beloved horse Sammy, dog's: Ringo, Jed, Schultz, and Jackie, and cat's: Kat and Beanie. He loved his pets a lot.
Ronald is survived by his loving wife and partner Shirley of over 45 years, daughters Vinda Roberts-Crown and Misty (Ryan) Finical, his dog Nike, sister Gloria (Charles) Dillon, Dennis (Sandy) Crown, nephew Chris (Amber) Crown, great-nephew Craig Crown, sister-in-law Elaine Ford, and many other family members and friends.
No services are planned. In lieu of services Ron wanted everyone to celebrate his life in their own way. Ron requested any memorial donations be made to your local fire department in his name, specifically Rio Rancho New Mexico Fire House #1.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 27, 2016