Jackson Charles Cron
SWEET HOME, Ore. — Jackson Charles Cron, 82, of Sweet Home, Ore., passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. He was born in Piqua, to Kenneth L. and Grace I. (Ratchford) Cron.
After graduation from Piqua High School in 1949, he attended Bowling Green State University and Cincinnati College of Embalming. Jackson served in the Korean war from 1951 to 1953, and was honorably discharged. In 1953, he married Margene Kerns, the love of his life and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage.
In Ohio, Jackson was a funeral director and embalmer as well as a partner in the Cron Funeral Home in Piqua and Troy, along with his father and two uncles.
In May 1977, Jackson, Margene and their youngest son Joseph moved west to Sweet Home. Over the next 30 years he worked for Bass-Mollett Publishers and other companies selling funeral, coroner and cemetery supplies throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.
Jackson was outgoing, friendly and known for his genuine big smile. He loved to talk and could pick up a conversation with anyone. Jackson was very patriotic. He raised and lowered the flag every day. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, current events and always enjoyed a good debate. Jackson was also an inventor, song writer and poet.
He was a member of the VFW and past member of the Rotary Club and Elks. Jackson was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the American Heart Association and various other organizations.
Jackson was a wonderful, loving, generous husband, father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed.
He is survived by is wife, Margene Cron of Sweet Home; daughter Jill and husband Jay Shenefield of McMinnville; and son Joseph and wife Cathy Cron of Redmond; eight grandchildren, Luke, Dustin and Jonathan Jacoby, Emmalee and Riley Cron, and Jamin Cron, Andrea Alldridge, and Jackson Cron III; and 7 great grandchildren. Jackson was preceded in death by his son, Jackson C. Cron II in March 1998; brother, Richard Cron; and his parents.
Private family vault interment with military honors was held at Gilliland Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Legacy Hospice Services, 2275 NE McDaniel Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com.