Ronald E. Crider, 74, of Fayetteville, Pennsylvania passed away March 16, 2021 at home with his family by his side. He was born on June 6,m1946 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to Frank and Janet (Pugh) Crider. He retired from Grove Manufacturing where he had worked as a welder. He enlisted in the Navy when he was 18 years old and spent four years on the Aircaft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam Campaign, where he earned a National Defense Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ronnie had a passion for automotive and small engine repair and could be found most evenings and weekends working in his garage. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lifelong member of the South Mountain Fish & Game Association. Ronnie was a friend to all and had frequent visitors in his garage. Those visitors became friends and family and he enjoyed that time very much. He particularly enjoyed the large family gatherings that accompanied each holiday.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vonnie (Tosten) Crider of Fayetteville and their three children: Tracey (wife of Steve) Wright of Fayetteville, Rhonda (wife of Andy) Zeigler of Waynesboro, and Ronald Crider Jr. of Fayetteville. He is also survived by six siblings: Darlene Sprow of Chambersburg, Shirley (wife of Jim) Brown of Amberson, Donetta Mellott of Fayetteville, Phyllis (companion of Jerry) Crider of Fayetteville, Sharon (wife of Joe) Hollar of Fayetteville, and Frankie Crider of Fayetteville. He has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Baron and Glen Crider.
The family will receive friends Monday evening March 22, 2021 from 6:00 till 8:00PM at the Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Ltd. Chambersburg. Interment services will be Tuesday at 1:00 PM at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelsocorneliusfh.com.
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