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In Memory of Ai Cronk

Visitation

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday October 8, 2021
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood Street
Woodville WI, 54028

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Friday October 8, 2021
Zion Lutheran Church
221 Lockwood Street
Woodville WI, 54028

Ai Clifford Cronk Jr., age 85 of Woodville, died October 4th, 2021 at the Park View Community Campus in Woodville. Ai was born on October 10, 1935 in Buffalo, MN; the son of Ai Clifford Sr. and Helen (Hutchings) Cronk. He attended Long Lake country school prior to graduating from Forest Lake High School.  At an early age, he learned the craft of farming as he watched his dad and learned the disciplines of hard work. On February 11, 1956, he was united in marriage to Joan Marie Julien at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, Minnesota. To this union, a son Ken and two daughters, Kelly and Kathy, were born. Farming was not a job for Ai, but rather a way of life. As many farmers can attest, you serve as the mechanic, veterinarian, chemist, mathematician, architect, and engineer when you own and operate your own farm. He was active with the farmer’s co-op and other organizations such as the Holstein Association and the DHIA (Dairy Herd Improvement Association). In 1972, the family moved to Woodville where they made their home. Following his retirement in 1997, he enjoyed road trips, sight-seeing, or visiting family. He was known to shake a leg polka dancing and enjoyed listening to country music, playing cards, and going bowling.  The Cronks have been members of Zion Lutheran Church since moving to Woodville, which has been a great source of spiritual nourishment.

Ai will live on in the hearts of his loving wife Joan; son Ken (Diane) Cronk, daughter Kathy Cronk; grandchildren Joshua (fiancée Brianna), Jolissa (Colin), Jordan (Molli), Sawyer; many great grandchildren; and his sister-in-law Audrey Hawkinson; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Ai Clifford Sr. and Helen (Hutchings) Cronk, daughter Kelly Doornink, great grandson Jonah; siblings Jim (Gretha), Bob (Elener), sisters Myrtle (Lloyd), Geraldine ‘Babe’ (Franklyn), and Elerine ‘Honey’ (John), brother-in-law Howard; nephews John (Skip) Jr., Hubert.

A memorial service for Ai Cronk will be at 2PM on Friday, October 8th at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Click here to watch live streamed. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Zion Lutheran. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials preferred to the discretion of the family. Cremation and memorial services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.

 

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    • Our sympathies to Ai’s family, he was a man that always made us feel welcome not on in the neighborhood but at church. He always had a smile on his face and a skip in his step!! We are blessed to have known such a great man!! God Bless Joan and his family during this time.

    • Our family has lost such a Kind and Gentle Man. Always a smile to greet you. Always a great story to tell. Always a wonderful laugh to make you smile. Always the first one to get you out on the dance floor and having to ask to take a break because he would tire you out. We will miss you Uncle AI. Just keep dancing… love you and miss you. Donna, Joe, Leslie and Ryan.