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Major Alvin Harold Kronbetter


1920 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Major Alvin Harold Kronbetter Obituary
Major Alvin Harold Kronbetter, U.S.A.F., Ret. May 29, 1920 - July 22, 2013 Major Alvin Harold Kronbetter. U.S.A.F., Ret., went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 22, 2013, at the age of 93, in Bakersfield, CA. To those who knew him, his nickname was "Chuck." Alvin was born in Dillon, KS, and was one of five children born to German/Russian immigrants, Daniel and Mollie Kronbetter. On May 19, 1944, at the age of 24 years and already a corporal in the United States Air Force, Alvin married Charline Pendergrass in Lawton, OK. Two weeks after they were married, he was deployed overseas to Europe to serve his country at war. Their marriage, filled with love, respect, kindness and understanding, grew stronger and deeper each of the 67 years they were together. Alvin was preceded in death by his beautiful and loving wife on July 18, 2011; his brother, Billie; and his sister, Nina Troop of Michigan. He is survived by his brother, Walt of Michigan; and his sister, Jane Scholtz of Florida. He is also survived by his son, Charles and wife, Mary Jean Kronbetter; his daughter, Darlene Herman; his grandchildren, Julie and her husband, Chad Malchow, Alex Kronbetter, Michael and his wife, Laura Kronbetter, Heidi and her husband, Sean Flook, and Tim Herman; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Johnny, Michael, Luke, Alexa, Ashley, Andrew, Gavin, and MaeLi. Alvin served admirably and honorably in the United States Air Force since joining in 1939. In the almost 30 years he served, he worked his way up from Private to Major. He served his country in three major wars, including World War II, the Korean War, and the war in Vietnam. After his retirement from active military duty in 1968, he settled in Bakersfield, CA, as he promised his wife he would do after they had moved many times to air bases within the United States and to bases in faraway parts of the world, like Manila, Philippines. While living in Bakersfield, he worked as a millwright, installing large pumps at different locations to be used in the California Aqueduct system for moving water. Alvin had a strong leadership quality, which came in handy for military leadership and for raising and loving his family. His survival, love, commitment, and compassion for his family and for those who cared for him in the latter years, and his deep faith in his Lord gave him the fortitude and strength and direction to overcome any obstacle in his path. He had a "heart of gold" and would try to help anyone with their problems before solving his own. He loved his wife, two children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He cared deeply about his friends and neighbors, and especially for the caregivers at Spruce Garden, where he was lovingly taken care of for two years. Alvin Kronbetter, after years of giving support and wisdom to all his family and fighting the enemy of dementia and declining health, was peacefully taken in this life on July 22, 2013, in the warm afternoon hours from this world to be with his Heavenly Father. A celebration of Alvin's life will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. Bakersfield, CA. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Veterans Administration or to the children's hospital of your choice. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Funeral Home www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 29, 2013
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