‘Jack’ F. Crook
John “Jack” F. Crook of 1267 South Lake Road, Jefferson Township, passed away at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in his home after a brief illness. He was 85.
Mr. Crook was born March 19, 1925, in Cambria County to Harry and Vera Weiland Crook.
Jack was a mail carrier in Hermitage and Sharon for 31 years until his retirement.
A decorated veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy as a gunner’s mate aboard the USS CARD, a carrier which was part of a task force that hunted down German submarines. Jack received a Presidential Unit Citation as his carrier group was responsible for sinking 11 submarines. Besides the presidential citation, he was awarded the Philippine Liberation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign, American Campaign and World War II Victory medals.
After the war, Jack returned home, where he worked briefly at various jobs. He attended professional umpire school in Florida and for a time umpired in the minor leagues in Kansas before settling in the Sharon area.
He was an avid golfer, playing at least weekly with his brother, Harry. When his children were young, he coached the Mercer Rotary Little League team.
Jack was a member of Big Bend United Methodist Church, Jefferson Township.
He married Dorothy “Dot” Hollens on Dec. 23, 1946; she preceded him in death May 26, 2006.
Surviving are: two sons, David Crook, at home, and his fiancée Karen Martinko; and Jack Crook and his wife Debbie, Mercer; his sister-in-law, Shirley Koegler, who was a great comfort to him in his last days; brothers, Harry Crook and his wife Jennie; Ed Brodish and his wife Dottie; and Cleon Brodish and his wife Alice, all Hermitage; sisters, Henrietta Sequin and her husband Wayne, Cooksburg, Pa.; and Gail Musial, Sharon; and three grandchildren, Leigh Anne, Jeremy and Zachary Simons.
He will be greatly missed by all, including his three granddogs, Benson, Arnold and Sophie, that he walked daily and to which he brought treats.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rita Mae and Donna; and two brothers, Melvin and Fred.
The family appreciates the kindness shown by the staff of Sharon Regional Hospice and Palliative Care and requests that memorial contributions be made to them at 2320 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.
John “Jack” F. Crook, 85, of 1267 South Lake Road, Jefferson Township.
Calling hours: Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (2-22-11) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.
Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Wednesday (2-23-11) in the funeral home with the Rev. John King, pastor of Big Bend United Methodist Church, Jefferson Township, officiating.
Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township