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Edward John Croken

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Edward John Croken

AGE: 87 • Middletown

Middletown, N.J. ...Edward John Croken, 87, of Middletown passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 in Davenport, Iowa with his family present. A memorial service will be held at the New Mausoleum, located in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. Condolences to Mr. Croken's family can be sent to 29 Hillcrest Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52803 and memorial gifts in his name -- in lieu of flowers, please -- will be received gratefully at the Genesis Health Services Foundation, 1227 East Rusholme Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803 or on-line at
Mr. Croken was a life-long resident of New Jersey and moved to Iowa in 2011 to live with his family. He was born on October 23, 1929 in Hillside, N.J. and moved soon after with his family of origin to Keansburg. He married Miriam Joan (Cofield) Croken in 1947 and in 1963 Mr. and Mrs. Croken moved their family to New Monmouth in Middletown Township. The Crokens lived there for nearly 50 years. Mr. Croken was Roman Catholic; a parishioner at St. Mary's Church; and, a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Croken supported his family as a sheet metal mechanic and was a proud member of the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 22, based in Cranford, N.J. He retired in 1995 from the Ford Motor Company after working more than 17 years at the company's assembly plant in Edison, N.J.; where he was a proud member of the United Auto Workers, Local 980.
Edward Croken leaves behind four grateful sons: Brian (and Jeanette) Croken of Tinton Falls and; David (and Susan) Croken of Lincroft; Kenneth Croken (and Kathryn McKnight) of Davenport, Iowa; and, Peter Croken (and Ryan Bradshaw) of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He also will be remembered fondly by nine grandchildren: Anne, Ellis Pearl, Grace, Jack, Lindsay, Luke, Kevin, Matthew and Ryan and a large extended family of nieces and nephews. Mr. Croken was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Miriam; his parents, Arthur and Ellen (O'Brien) Croken; as well as five siblings: Arthur, Ellen (Bowers), Grace (Dunfee), Richard and Robert.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 13, 2017
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