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Jessie Elbert Croney, son of Jessie Elbert and Glennia (Goss) Croney, was born May 18, 1944 in St. Louis, Mo. He departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 surrounded by his loved ones in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo., at the age of 68 years, 9 months and 9 days.
After his parents’ passing, at age 9, Jessie moved to Dora, Mo., where he was raised. Jessie graduated from Dora High School before entering the United States Army in 1964. He faithfully served his country as a proud member of the Army and of his service with the 101 Airborne. Jessie continued on in the National Guard retiring after 24 years of military service.
On April 10, 1965 Jessie was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Deborah Tetrick, and to this union three daughters and one son were born. The young couple made a home and began their family. Jessie provided for his family while continuing his education and received a bachelor of science degree in business.
In 1971, Jessie started working for the United Postal Service in St. Joseph, Mo. He became postmaster for Seymour, Mo., in 1982 where he worked until his retirement in 2000.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his infant sister, Vera Louise Croney, and his sister, Norma Croney; his brothers-in-law, Hattres Tetrick, Harry Tetrick, Hazel Tetrick, Bill Tetrick and Kimon Tetrick.
Jessie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Deborah, of the home; his children, Shelley Wingo and husband Johnny, of Seymour, Mo., Angela Williams and husband, Scotty, of Seymour, Mo., Cherie Roderick and husband, Robb, of Springfield, Mo., and Jesse Croney and wife, Shannon, of Mansfield, Mo.; his grandchildren, J.T. Wingo and wife, Taylor, Valley Williams and Scotty Jay Williams, all of Seymour, Mo., Fisher Croney and Parker Mattix, both of Mansfield, Mo.; his sisters, Vonda Wishman and husband, Charles, of St. Charles, Mo., Virginia Kelley and husband, Sam, and Barbara Martin and husband, Bill, both of Dora, Mio., Lynda Smith and husband, Joel, of Sycamore, Mo., and Glenna Bretz, of Aurora, Mo.; his brothers-in-law, Hase Tetrick and wife, Glendoris, of Brixey, Mo., Wendel Tetrick and wife, Katie, of Drury, Mo., Ferd Tetrick and wife, Nita, of Dora, Mo., and Narvil Tetrick and wife, Beverly, of Ava, Mo.; his sister-in-law, Ima Griggs, of Columbia, Mo.; several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other dear family and friends.
A member of the Protestant belief, Jessie lived out his faith. Unselfish and always the first to be there for those in need, Jessie served his Lord Jesus. He gave his family unconditional love and raised his children in the way of the Lord. He was a member of the Masons, the Lions Club of Seymour, Mo., and served on the Seymour School Board. Jessie believed in giving back to his community and found favor helping others.
He enjoyed music and played three instruments. An avid outdoors man, you could find him hunting the Ozark hills or fishing on area lakes and streams. His family always came first, and his pride for them was shared with the many postal patrons over the years. He was quick with a smile and could talk to anyone about anything. A true friend with a servant’s heart, Jessie worked tirelessly for the community and those he loved.
God, family and country; not just words but the core of Jessie Elbert Croney. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and accomplishments cherishing the special moments he created for us all.
Burial was in Eaton Cemetery, Dora, under the direction of Holman Howe Funeral Home.