John Rossman Crone

Died: Mon., Jun. 28, 2021


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 01, 2021
Location: First United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jul. 02, 2021
Location: First United Methodist Church

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. John Rossman Crone, 88, of Warren, PA, passed away on Monday, June 28, 2021, at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice House. John was born April 11, 1933, in Franklin, PA, the son of the late Wilmer and Juanita Rossman Crone. He graduated from White Memorial High School in 1951 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany from 1957 through 1959. John was a highly regarded leader in the Warren business community, receiving numerous awards including the Warren County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. He was a well-known pharmacist at Cowdrick’s Drug Store, which became Crone’s Drug Store when he purchased it in 1987. John was extremely active in the Warren Lions Club, starting with his own induction in 1959. He served in numerous leadership positions, including President of the Warren Club and District Governor for area 14F. He had a particular passion for sight conservation and hearing research. Among his many awards, he was recognized by Lions Clubs International for distinguished service with their highest award: Ambassador of Goodwill. John’s service to the community extended beyond his business and beloved Lions Club. He served on countless committees for myriad organizations, with special devotion to the Salvation Army, the Boy Scouts, and Hospice. He was also a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Warren. John was an avid music lover. He played the clarinet in the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band and returned several times to march with the Alumni Band. In Warren, he played in the Elks Band. He was sure to start tapping his feet whenever the sounds of Pete Fountain or Benny Goodman were in the air. He also enjoyed singing in the choir at First United Methodist Church. John is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Parker Crone, whom he married on July 27, 1955; two sons, Mike Crone and his wife Debbie of Warren, PA, and David Crone and his wife Martha of Columbus, OH; daughter-in-law, Diane Crone, of Warren; seven grandchildren, Michael Crone, of Warren, PA, Stephen Crone, of Warren, PA, Laura Crone, of Los Angeles, CA, Madeline Crone, of Columbus, OH, Julia Crone, of Wilmington, NC, Rachel Crone, of Binghamton, NY, and Hannah Caleffie, of Concord, NC; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death in 2009 by a son, Alan P. Crone, and in 2021 by a brother, Charles Crone. Friends and family will be received at the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA, on Thursday, July 1, from 5 through 8 pm, and for one hour prior to a funeral service to be held there at 11 am on Friday, July 2, with Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Warren. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Warren Lions Club, P.O. Box 622, Warren, PA 16365; Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Ave., Warren; or the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market St., Warren. Those wishing to send condolences or view the obituary online may do so by visiting

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C. Wayne Kipple
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021
My sincere condolences to Shirley and family. Many years ago, in the early 60's, I was the stock boy for Cowdrick's Drug Store. John and Bob Frickland were managers and I will always remember John's happy face. I had just graduated High School and was waiting a couple of years before College. John made a special impression on me about what to do with my life. I even joined Lions Club because of him. He was a tremendous role model, and so full of goodness. Rest in Peace, John.

Bob and Sandy Shirey
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the passing of John. He truly demonstrated the love of Christ to everyone he encountered. His great smile and humor brought joy and laughter to me. My 4 years in Warren was filled with fun, friendship and love because of John and the Crone family. I could tell numerous stories about the many times we shared together. I know that my life was made better by Johns wisdom and friendship. Sandy and I express our sympathy for your loss, but we celebrate the his life knowing that he is singing and rejoicing in heaven. May your entire family be filled with the presence and peace of God. With great love, Bob and Sandy Shirey

Rev. Jeff Canter (on behalf of the Kane District Committee on Ministry)
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021
Please accept the heartfelt condolences of the Kane District Committee on Ministry on John's transition to the Church Triumphant. John's long service to the Committee as well as the Board of Ordained Ministry has been a steady source of wisdom and grace for all members. While we join you in mourning John's passing, we are, at the same time, uplifted by the knowledge that his work will continue to bear fruit for years to come through the clergy that have come before the Committee while John was a member. May God's love sustain you during this season of grief.

Linda Crone
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021

Among the Clouds Basket was sent by Linda Crone and family.

With heartfelt sympathy, Linda Crone and family

Dave Oelslager
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021
Mrs. Crone, my deepest condolences. I am glad I got to see you both the last time I was in Warren. You both were good friends to my parents. You will be in my prayers.

Dave Oelslager

Joe Bishara
   Posted Wed June 30, 2021
May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Joe Bishara

Siby & Dr. Sunny A. Thomas
   Posted Thu July 01, 2021
Our deepest condolences!
We knew him as the Pharmacist who would bring surprise gifts to the door during Christmas times. Then as a Lion, he was such an inspiration to all fellow Lions.
May his soul RIP.
Remembering the family in our prayers.
Sunny & Siby Thomas

Nancy Dies Campbell
   Posted Thu July 01, 2021
John was the first boss I ever had. The rest held to high standard. He made working, as a senior in high school a joy! He was such a fair & noble man. No other boss has been quite the same. He will be missed.

Frank Stroker
   Posted Thu July 01, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Shirley and family upon John's passing. I first met John when I joined Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity of which he was Regent. He was a senior and I was a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. Our paths crossed a few years later when I moved from Erie to Warren to take a pharmacist position at Warren State Hospital and he was a community pharmacist at Cowdrick's Pharmacy. John was not only a fraternity brother but a good friend and a man devoted to his family, profession, church and community. May God grant him eternal life and peace for a life well lived.
Frank Stroker
North Port, Florida

Olmsted Manor Board of Directors
   Posted Thu July 01, 2021
On behalf of the Olmsted Manor Board of Directors let me express our sincerest condolences to the whole family in the death of our beloved brother in Christ, John Crone. John's witness and gentle spirit will have lasting impact on the ministries of Olmsted Manor Retreat Center. His leadership and guidance on the Property Committee and many aspects of our programming will be greatly missed. As we grieve the loss of our friend and colleague we also celebrate his life of love and Christian discipleship. I hope Shirley and family will let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Marilyn Mong
   Posted Thu July 01, 2021
My sincere condolences for the loss of John ! We lived just 2 houses from each other in Knox. Knew him as a friend and classmate throughout school. Our class was blessed to get together for reunion in 2019! Great friend ! Blessings to Shirley and family ! Live now for all the great memories ! Blessings !

Lori Giegerich Snyder
   Posted Fri July 02, 2021
I am so sorry to read of Mr. Crone's passing. It seems like he was always a presence in church. My favorite memories include Progressive Dinners through Youth Fellowship which always ended at the Crone home. My sympathies and prayers to the entire family.

Nancy Nuhfer
   Posted Sat July 03, 2021
My deepest condolences for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Nuhfer

Julie Zaffino Allen
   Posted Mon July 12, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. The memory of all he has done for the the Warren community will be everlasting.
I hope that happy memories of your dad will bring you comfort.

My mom sends her condolences as well.

/William F Morgan and Margaret R Morgan
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
Shirley and family, My sincere sympathy on the passing of John, a loss not only to your family but also to the entire community of Warren, his church and, certainly, the Lions Club. He was a man of skill and intelligence but also of great kindness and devotion to his fellow man, obviously guided by the Scriptures he faithfully followed. Bill and Peggy Morgan

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