ALLEN DON McCROSKEY Monday, May 2, 1938 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Allen Don McCroskey went home to be with Jesus on August, 11, 2017, after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. He was born at home on May 2, 1938, to Alden and Opal (Kerr) McCroskey. He grew up on the family farm outside of Republic, Missouri, and in addition to his farm chores raised cattle to show at the Fair. He attended Republic Elementary School at the one-room schoolhouse off M Highway and Republic High School. He met his future wife, Beverly Trogdon of Ash Grove, at basketball and softball games between Republic and Ash Grove. They were married at Immanuel Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. on Aug 1, 1958 and lived in Springfield until they built their current home down the road from Alden and Opal in 1963. They had two daughters.
Mr. McCroskey worked for 16 years as a welder at Paul Mueller Co, and then in 1973 he started his own business in landscaping and grading. He loved grading yards and often spoke of returning to that work after he retired.
When his father passed on, he took over the duties of the farm in addition to his own work. He and his mother raised 20-30 head of beef cattle each year, put up hay, and had large gardens at each home. He saw his mother nearly every day and made sure she had everything she needed and made sure she was well cared for until her death.
Mr. McCroskey was a family man and frequently took his wife and children camping, fishing, and on trips to Florida. They even took the girls along on their anniversary dinners. Every Thursday was a trip to McDonalds or A & W Rootbeer for dinner and then to the grocery store. Everything was done as a family. He worked hard his whole life, and taught that work ethic to his daughters.
During the early years the family attended Wilson Creek Baptist Church where Mr. McCroskey was church treasurer and bus driver, and Mrs. McCroskey taught Sunday school and played piano for services. They both also sang occasionally for the church in quartets and the choir. Later the family moved to High Street Baptist Church where his parents attended.
Mr. McCroskey and his friends took good care of each other. He cherished his friends and the fact that they helped him, and he did for them what he could. He valued loyalty and hard work, and expected it from those around him. He loved going to auctions, fishing, deer hunting, and going to Florida. He loved the stock car races and served in the pit crew for several years for his cousin, driver Larry Phillips.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly (Trogdon) McCroskey; daughter Jana Cornelis and son-in-law Mark Cornelis; daughter Donna Phillips; grandson Ryan Locke and step-grandsons Andrew, Michael, and David Cornelis; grandson Allen Loper; granddaughter Ashley Phillips and boyfriend Lance Keithley; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law; and many neices, nephews and their families.
There will be a visitation from 4 to 6 PM, Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Missouri. Mr. McCroskey will be at rest in Johns Chapel Cemetery near Ash Grove, Missouri, following the graveside service at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 14th.
Donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.
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