HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Wesley Rolland Crompton, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., died on Jan. 21, 2021, at the age of 94. A retired Methodist Minister, he was born in Scranton on March 25, 1926, to the late Rev. Dr. J. Rolland and Ruth Crompton. He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, having served as a Life Member on their Board of Trustees. He was also a graduate of Syracuse University and Moravian Theological Seminary.
Mr. Crompton was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and received the Purple Heart Medal in France for wounds suffered in action.
He married the former Anna Holak, of Edwardsville, in 1950, and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Settling in Bridgeport, Conn., as laypersons, they became members of a Committee of the New York East Conference to establish a new Methodist Church in Fairfield, Conn. Following the initial meeting of the Committee in their living room, they became the first Charter Members of what is now the Fairfield-Grace United Methodist Church.
Upon their relocation to Pennsylvania, he entered the Methodist ministry.
Following in the footsteps of his father, J. Rolland Crompton and grandfather, John S. Crompton, he became a third generation Methodist minister. In 1957, he served as a local Pastor at churches in Evans Falls as well as Derr and Bennett Memorial churches in Wilkes-Barre. In 1967, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary and was ordained an Elder in the Methodist Church.
He was then appointed to Christ United Methodist Church in Mountain Top, and in 1970 was appointed to the Calvary United Methodist Church in Vestal, New York.
The remainder of his ministry was served in Administrative positions in the former Wyoming Conference, initially as Conference Council Director and Administrator.
Prior to his retirement in 1991 he served as District Superintendent of the Scranton District and Dean of the Cabinet, and finally, as Conference Director of Administrative Services and Treasurer. He also served as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
As much as they enjoyed their home at Lake Winola, where they had lived since his retirement, they also looked forward to the winters spent in Arizona. He served one term as President of the Board of Directors of Oasis Park in Scottsdale, the community in which they lived. While in Arizona, he became involved in the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, leading a Bible Study for several years. In 2016, they moved from Pennsylvania to what had been their winter home in Arizona. In 2019, they moved from Arizona to Hilton Head Island, S.C.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Dr. Richard Crompton and in 2018, his son, Wesley Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Anna, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., daughter Ann and husband Michael Waters, of Hilton Head Island, S.C..; daughter-in-law Helene, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Laura Ann (Waters) Newman and husband Travis; Robert Waters and wife Alexandria; Ryan Crompton and wife Becky and Adam Crompton. Two great-grandsons, Chase and Bennett Newman, his sister, Patricia Westover and husband Dean, and several nieces and nephews also survive him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wyoming Seminary, 201 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston, PA 18704. Graveside services with military honors will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, S.C. www.Keithfuneral.com