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Adrian Joseph Cronauer

Sep 8, 1938 – Jul 18, 2018 (Age 79)


Oakey’s East Chapel - Roanoke Obituary


          Adrian Joseph Cronauer, 79, of Troutville, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. 

          Mr. Cronauer served as a confidential advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) from 2001 through 2009. He represented the POW/MIA Office at meetings within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and at various outside functions including liaison with the leadership of veterans service organizations as well as family and activist groups. He had lead responsibility for DPMO’s dealings with international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Tripartite Commission.  For his efforts, he holds the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

          Prior to turning to the law, Cronauer spent seven years in New York City voicing television and radio commercials. Before that, he owned his own advertising agency, managed a radio station, was program director of a television station, and was a TV news anchorman. He has taught broad­casting at the university level and authored a textbook on radio & TV announcing, used by many colleges and universi­ties.

          A former U.S. Air Force sergeant, Cronauer co-authored the original story for the major motion picture, Good Morning, Vietnam!  In that film, Cronauer was por­trayed—loosely­—by Robin Williams whose performance was nominated for an Academy Award.

          He sat on the Board of Directors of the Nat’l D-Day Memorial and has served as a member of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board, on the Arlington County (Virgin­ia) Cable TV Advisory Committee, and the Board of Governors of the New School for Social Research in New York City.  He served two terms as a trustee of the Virginia War Memorial.

          He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeane Steppe and also his stepson, David Muse; and grandson, Kevin Muse.

          Cronauer and his late wife, resided in Troutville, VA and are survived by stepson, Michael Muse and daughter-in-law Mary Muse; also four grandchildren, Matthew Muse and wife, Kelley and their son, Hudson, Dr. Sarah (Muse) Minter and husband, Ryan; granddaughter, Christa Buchanan; and grandson, Cameron Buchanan.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Oakey’s East Chapel.  A private interment will be held at a later date with Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a veterans organization of your choice.


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Adrian sent my son's 2nd grade class post cards for the entire year. He is now soon to be 28 and still has all the cads.
Prays to your family.
Mary schwart

A very talented American who truly focused on bringing humor to our uniformed service personnel, and to the families of Americas service members who remain missing in action from their war time service to our great Nation! Adrian and I tangled from time to time over his injection of his unique style of humor but, I truly respected his exceptional talent, and the smiles he bright to almost any situation in which he became involved in the DoD meetings with the Nations families of our missing...

I believe you were our uncle, a relative of my mother, Carol Cronauer, who was placed up for adoption around the time of August 1946. I regret we never met. From all the comments, I gleaned that we are very similar. My mother is an attorney and I am a paralegal, both exceptionally prolific. I see that it is in our genes. I regret we never had conversational exchange over a glass of red wine to discuss a myriad of topics from history to law to current events. As I mourn the loss of an uncle, a...

Its never to late to express condolences to the family of Mr Cronauer. I pray God give you peace to be continually comforted by the love and support of family and friends as you mourn.

my deepest sympathy to the family. I hope you find comfort now and in the days ahead by knowing our Creator has promised to be near during times like these Isaiah 61:1,2

What special brilliant and fearless...a role model for us all!

Thanks for all that you have done.

Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat and the in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.

Thanks for the inspiration for the movie,
I enjoyed every minute. Being a Vietnam Veteran myself made me understand this movie and made me laugh at what I could relate to.
Sorry for your loss. We also loss someone who could relate to the veterans with everything he did.
Thank You Sir.