John Cromika Sr.
CLINTON — Mr. John Michael Cromika Sr., 81, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Baptist Health Paducah surrounded by his loving family.
He was born into a large family on May 18, 1932, in Pitt Gas, Pennsylvania. The son of a coal miner, he would eventually leave the small town after high school for work in Cleveland, Ohio. It was there that he met the love of his life of 51 years, Grace Jeane Buckley, and together raised five children.
John was many things to many people, however his passions were his family, hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved working with his hands, and was an accomplished woodworking artist. Some of his creations won numerous awards and recognitions. He was a proud Navy veteran having served in the South Pacific, and actively supported military causes throughout his life. He was an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church. The majority of his professional career, John worked for Finney Manufacturing Company (FINCO), first in Cleveland, Ohio, then in Clinton, Kentucky. He would retire from there, and finished out his public working days at Henry Edwards Trucking Company in Clinton, Kentucky.
He is survived by four sons, Mike (Rondia) Cromika of Paducah, John (Terri) Cromika Jr. of Lancaster, Kevin (Amy) Cromika of South Fulton, Tenn., and Paul (Donna) Cromika of Clinton; one daughter, Jennifer Cromika (Kerry Harris) of Dresden, Tenn.; four sisters, Alexandra “Lex” Sokol of Cleveland, Ohio, Ruth Wilson of Streetsboro, Ohio, Leona (Roy) Bowden of Hiram, Ohio, and Lenora (Dick) Thorp of Mantua, Ohio; one brother, Jack (Elsie) Cromika of Cadiz, Ohio; four grandchildren, Michael (Ashley) Cromika of League City, Texas, Dalton Cromika of Lancaster, Logan Cromika of South Fulton, Tenn., and Landon Cromika of Clinton; and two great-grandchildren, Gavon and Grace Cromika, both of League City, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Jeane Buckley Cromika; his parents, Stephen and Emily Carek Cromika; three brothers, Albin Cromika, Steve Cromika and Frank Cromika; and two sisters, Mary Helen Bednarski and Eva Turowski.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at St. Jude Catholic Church with Father David Willett officiating.
Burial will follow in Pleasant View Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call after 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Jude Catholic Church. Brown Funeral Home in Clinton are in charge of arrangements.
Donations: St. Jude Catholic Church, 304 Mayfield Road, Clinton, KY 42031.