John Frank Kronenberger, 84, born Nov. 1, 1928, in Belleville, Ill., died March 29, 2013, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Kronenberger was a retired house painter. He worked as a young man in many of the Belleville foundries, later as a Belleville police officer and as a Prudential insurance agent.
He was known as a better than average pool player, having played over 32 years in pool leagues. He played the 3-Cushion Billiard Woman Champion in Tokyo, Japan, and "Minnesota Fats" in friendly games. He was best known for always helping his friends.
Mr. Kronenberger was a member of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society, the Belleville Labor and Industry Museum, and the Belleville Sister Cities. He also was a life member of VFW Post 5165, which was absorbed into Post 805, and he had been a life member of the Korean War Veterans Association, to which he devoted a large amount of his retirement days. He served as treasurer and membership chairman in the KWVA Imjin Chapter for three years. He enjoyed writing letters to the Opinion Page of the Belleville News-Democrat, and also wrote two books, "Short Stories by John," Volumes I and II, about some of his interesting life experiences.
He served in the Illinois Militia in Belleville, Ill., near the end of World War II, and four and one half years in the U.S. Army, of which 16 months were in the Korean War. He established the post office at Redstone Arsenal, and was in charge of the classified documents. He attained the rank of Sgt. 1st Class.
He was preceded in death by one son, David Lee Kronenberger; his parents, John Henry and Edna M., nee Depper, Kronenberger; two sisters, Virginia Fey and Aurelia Smith; three brothers, Harold Henry Kronenberger, Robert "Bing" Kronenberger, and Kenneth Edward Kronenberger Sr.; three sisters-in-law, Mary Ann, nee Rebenstorff, Kronenberger, Betty, nee Menn, Willhoite and Katie, nee Fennel, Kronenberger; three brothers-in-law, Edward L. Lynch, James Bealert Smith, and Joseph Fey; and his nephew, Keith Robert Kronenberger.
Surviving are his wife Sheila, nee Graham, Smith Kronenberger of Belleville, Ill., whom he married on July 6, 1985, in Reno, Nev.; three children from a previous marriage, Nancy Ann Perkins, Michael John Kronenberger and Karen Jo Kendall; one granddaughter, Melissa Ann Bregante; one grandson, Jeremy Daniel Kronenberger; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Kronenberger of Belleville, Ill.; nephews and nieces, Jimmy Fey of Belleville, Ill., John (Paula, nee Bradley) Steffan of Florida, Steven Steffan of Arizona, Harold Dennis Willhoite, Bonnie Ann Maxwell, Carol Jean McCarty, Michelle Marie Wallace, Wayne Kronenberger and Ronald Kronenberger, all of Belleville, Ill., Daryl (Donna, nee Kemp, Turner) Kronenberger of New Baden, Ill., Kenneth Edward Kronenberger Jr., Kurt Max Kronenberger, Vicki Lynn Laghaifarimani and Michael James Kronenberger; many grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and great-grand-nieces and great-grand nephews.
Memorials may be made to The Korean War Educator Foundation, c/o Lynnita Jean Brown, 111 E. Houghton Street, Tuscola, Ill. 61953, or to the Korean War Project, P.O. Box 180190, Dallas, Texas 75218-0190. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with the Rev. Herbert Schafale officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
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120 North Illinois Street Belleville, IL 62220
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 31, 2013