Philip Crone

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Philip Dean Crone Oct. 6, 1931 - May 31, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Philip Dean Crone, 82, of South Bend, passed away May 31, 2014, after an extended illness in Fairfax, VA. Phil was the son of the late William A. and Ruth Geraldine (Murdick) Crone. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Beverly D. (Munger) Crone; three sons, Terry A. (Cheryl) Crone of Carmel, IN, Gary L. (Michele) Crone of Leesburg, VA, and Larry A. Crone of South Bend; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; along with Susan E. (Bob) Litteral of North Liberty, IN, whom he loved as a daughter. Additionally, he is survived by siblings, Betty Post of South Bend, Charlotte (Bob) Hicks of Clearwater, FL, Marion (Dick) Binns of Niles, MI, and Herbert Crone of South Bend. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Crone. Phil attended Riley High School in South Bend and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1949. He served as a radar operator during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953, having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. While stationed in New Jersey, he became a loyal New York Yankees fan, and remained so for the rest of his life. More importantly, he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly, on Dec. 7, 1950, in Highlands, NJ. Returning to South Bend, Phil went to work calibrating fuel controls for jet fighters at the Bendix Corporation and became a member of U.A.W. Local #9. He retired from Allied Signal Corporation (Bendix) in 1989. After retirement, he proudly attended and participated in the many accomplishments and sporting events of his grandchildren. In 1969, Phil was selected as a Trustee of the Saint Joseph County U.A.W. Community Action Program, and in 1971, was elected Chairman, a position he continued to hold until 1996. Starting in 1970, Phil served as a Legislative Consultant for U.A.W. Region 3 (Indiana and Kentucky), lobbying for better working conditions for Indiana families for over 20 years. He also served as a County Councilman during the 1970s. During his long political career, Phil was a friend, advisor and confidante to numerous U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Mayors and elected officials. Phil was often a delegate to the Democratic State Convention and served as a Delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, and a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor John Brown. He served on many boards and commissions, including the Indiana Labor Studies Board, the Indiana State Employment Security Division Board, the Executive Board of the St. Joseph County United Way, the Indiana University South Bend Campus Advisory Board, the South Bend Labor Management Committee, the South Bend Crime Commission, the local Manpower Training Act Board and the Governor's Commission on Gambling. Phil worked hard to improve social, economic and educational opportunities for working families throughout the state, and he will be missed by his family and the many friends and colleagues he leaves behind. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Holy Family Catholic Church, 56405 Mayflower Road, South Bend, IN. Military graveside honors and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 3 - 8 pm today, June 6, 2014, in the Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN, as well as one hour prior to Mass Saturday in the church. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Phil may be donated to the Youth Services Bureau of St. Joseph County, 2222 Lincoln Way West, South Bend, IN 46628. Online condolences may be made to the Crone family at

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Palmer Funeral Homes - Guisinger Chapel
3718 South Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46614
(574) 291-5880
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Published in South Bend Tribune from June 4 to June 6, 2014
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