Kenneth George Cronin was born Nov. 6, 1932, in Le Mars, the son of Dan and Clara (Frerichs) Cronin. Ken attended school in Oyens and later graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1950.
He served his country in the United States Navy from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1956. He remembers fondly leaving for the service with friends from Le Mars: George Frerichs, Estill Lang, Clair "Bick" Gunther, and Wayne Weber.
Ken was united in marriage to Kathleen Asseln on Oct. 11, 1957, in Glendale, Calif. Ken worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990. During his retirement years, he drove bus for the Le Mars Community School District for nine years before retiring in 1999.
Ken enjoyed working outdoors caring for his home and yard. He also enjoyed woodworking and traveling with his wife.
He was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church and in his earlier years attending St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Kathleen of Le Mars; three children: Scott Cronin, of Chicago, Ill., Mark Cronin, of Elizabeth, Ill., and Susan Logan, of Berkeley, Calif.; a grandson, Nicholas Logan, of Berkely, Calif.; a brother, Robert Cronin and his wife Paula, of Oyens; a sister, Clarris Hoefling and her husband Fred, of Sioux City; in-laws, Elmer Asseln of Ireton, and Shirley Ludwig and her husband Ray, of Augusta, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Clara (Frerichs) Cronin; a brother, James Cronin; five sisters: Mildred Sitzman, Evelyn Hagar, Dorothy Ross, Marian Walsh, and Helen Franciscus; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Asseln.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul Eisele officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241. Visitation with the family present was after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service Sunday evening at the funeral home. Visitation continued Monday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Keith Asseln, Steve Cronin, Dan Cronin, David Cronin, Estill Lang, and Nicholas Logan. Honorary casket bearers were Dick Asseln, Kathy Kruger, Pam Walsh, Michelle Hoefling, and Rick Cronin.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland (Floyd Valley Hospital, Hwy 3 East, Le Mars, Iowa 51031) or the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer Association (P.O. Box 3716, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-3716).
Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.