Richard Chroninger

Richard Dee Chroninger

Saturday, August 7th, 1926 - Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Richard D. "Dick" Chroninger, 94, of Maryville, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Maryville Living Center.

Dick, a 2nd generation Kansas Citian, was born August 7,1926 at home on E.12th St, Kansas City Missouri to Harold Arthur Chroninger and R. Velma Clemow. They divorced soon after and he lived with step-parents, step-siblings in K.C., lowa and Kansas. Just prior to WWll he and his maternal Grandmother, Edith Clemow moved to Los Angeles, California. During the War he was joined by his mother. He obtained a Social Security card at 13 working at a neighborhood Drug Store as a Soda Jerk, later at a market as a box-boy. He attended Manual Arts High School, but at 16 dropped out and worked at the Glidden Paint Factory as a paint mixer.

Just before turning 18 in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Went to Boot Camp in San Diego, California, attended Signalman Training School at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. March 1945 he was assigned to the U.S.S. Kasaan Bay, CVE 69, an Escort Aircraft Carrier. Until War's end their ship, with 2 Destroyer Escorts, patrolled the Philippine Sea as a "Hunter/Killer task force searching for enemy submarines. When the War ended the ship was refitted with Bunks, eight high on the Hangar Dec becoming part of Operation "Magic Carpet" bringing Troops and Marines home to the States from various islands, including the Philippines and Hawaii. Later the ship wound up in Boston for de-activation and moth balling. He was discharged from the Navy, June, 1946.

He received his High School Diploma after a GED test and attended Los Angeles City College studying Accounting. Graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in L948. On June 4, 1948 he married Cora Lee Root before a Judge at the Los Angeles County Court House. Their marriage produced 4 children, three boys and a girl. They divorced in 1966.

He worked for Union Oil Co of California for 16 years before joining Johns-Manville Corp in 1964 in the Bay Area. He worked in various Accounting and Data Processing departments, before being down-sized into early retirement in Denver, CO in 1984. He moved to Maryville, MO in 1988.
He was preceded in death by both parents a half-sister and two half-brothers.

Survivors, sons, Douglas and Cindi Chroninger, Snellville, Ga. Steve and Nancy Chroninger, Grants Pass, Oregon, Rick and Kathy Chroninger, Milwaukie, Oregon, daughter Rev's Teresa and Tom Lucas, Osceola and Central City, Nebraska; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; sister, Wilberta (Sutherland) and Buford Weddle, Ravenwood, Missouri.
Memorial Service 11am Tuesday, August 25th at Price Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Maryville Senior Center.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Price Funeral Home
    120 East First Street
    Maryville, MO 64468
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Price Funeral Home
    120 East First Street
    Maryville, MO 64468
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverends Tom and Teri Lucas
  • Interment

    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    Higginsville, MO


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Shelly Jackson

Posted at 07:17pm
Iā€™m very sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I cleaned for him when he lived at Homestead and always enjoyed visiting with him he was a very nice man. Sending prayers to all family and friends.

Teresa Lucas Posted at 06:51am

Thank you, Shelly. Dad sure appreciated your good work and kindness!

Erica Dulin

Posted at 01:04pm
I'm very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I took care of him at the Maryville Chateau, and will definitely miss him!!
I loved telling him when biscuits & gravy was on menu for supper cause it always made his day šŸ™‚! Sending hugs and prayers for comfort to his children and their families.

Teri Lucas Posted at 02:50pm

Thank you, Erica. He appreciated your help and kindness very much.

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