Ronald R. Cropek
Birth Date: November 4, 1938Death Date: August 11, 2017
Ronald Russell Cropek
November 4, 1938 to August 11, 2017
Ronald R Cropek, of Broken Arrow, OK, went home to be with his Jesus while peacefully in his home on the afternoon of August 11, 2017. Ron was also reunited with his beloved wife, Roberta M “Bobbi” (Welton) Cropek.
Born in Westfield, NY, Ron was the oldest of 9 children born to the late Stephan Frank Cropek and Alberta Marie (Raynor) Stillman. Ron attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through the 8th grade and went on to graduate from Conneaut High School in 1956. He immediately enlisted in the US Marine Corps where he proudly served until honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sgt.
In 1972, Ron and Bobbi decided to venture west to Tulsa, OK where they started their new life. Ron worked for many years at Southwest Irrigation where he started as a supervisor, installing irrigation and drainage systems then moving to contractor sales and design, finally “retiring” in 2003. He then started his own business manufacturing downspout adapters and curb adapters which were sold across Oklahoma to various distributors until he finally sold his business in order to care for his Bobbi.
Ron was a registered Boy Scout Leader for 47 years, helping to train hundreds of men and women as adult leaders and 1000’s of boys. He was involved in everything from Cub Scouts, PowWows, Boy Scouts, Pine Tree, Order of the Arrow, University of Scouting and Wood badge. He also held leadership positions at the District and Council levels. He received several prestigious awards including District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver and the Bernard T Emery Award among many others.
Ron was very involved in his home parish of St Anne Catholic Church in Broken Arrow. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and would volunteer anywhere he was needed. He was a lector of the readings during Mass, he was an usher, but his calling was working with the Ministry of Compassion where he would stock and sort items and help distribute food to families in need. Always giving the kids a little treat on the side.
He was preceded in death by his first born son, Ronnie Carl Cropek, brothers Steve Cropek and Richard Cropek, step-father Buddy Stillman, and brother-in-law, Adrian John Harvey.
Surviving Ron is his sister Evelyn “Lynn” (Bob) Couch, sisters-in-law Joyce Cropek and Beverly Harvey, brother Albert “Bud” (Brenda) Cropek, half-brothers Robert Stillman , Randy Stillman, Danny (Jill) Stillman. Daughter Yvette Cropek (Johnny) Pinson, son Shannon Scot Cropek, grandson Beckman (Ashleigh) DeLarzelere and granddaughter Kendra (Derick) Fields, and a precious great granddaughter Annika Marie DeLarzelere. Ron also has many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he kept in touch with over the years and will miss him greatly.
Rosary will be held at St Anne Catholic Church at 301 South 9th Street, Broken Arrow, OK, Friday August 18th at 6:30 pm and a Catholic Funeral Mass at 10:00am Saturday also at St Anne Catholic Church followed by Graveside Military Honors at Floral Haven Cemetery.
At Ron’s request, Memorial Donations may be made in his name to:
Boy Scouts of America
Indian Nations Council
4295 South Garnett Road
Catholic Charities of Tulsa
2450 North Harvard Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74115