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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette Obituaries )) Willard Fox Croney, retired professor Willard Fox Croney died peacefully Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at home surrounded by family in Rehoboth Beach. Croney was born in Newport in 1928. He was married to Eileen Wise Croney, also a Delawarean, for 64 years. They lived most of their married life in upstate New York. Willard Croney Willard Croney was the last survivor of the John Wesley Croney Sr. family of Wilmington and Newport. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Linda C. Christopher of Groton, N.Y and her daughters Katy and Brynn; Liesse C. Pollio of Hockessin and her husband Gary and children Laura and Robbie; and Lori C. Poerio of Arnold, Md and her husband Mark and children Nate, Sonia, Alissa and Julia. Croney served in Egypt, North Africa and Italy in theU.S. Army 1942-45. He was educated in both the United States. and Europe with degrees from the University of Delaware and Cornell University, and as a" British research fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Croney was active in soil and water conservation for 40 years, most of it as a faculty member in extension of the College of Agriculture, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y, Upon the retirement of his longtime colleague and friend, Professor Harry A. Kerr of Cor- nell, Croney Was appointed executive director of the New York State Soil and Water Con- servation Committee by the dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell. His function was to guide county soil and water conserva- tion districts of New York. Croney developed many tech- niques for using stereoscopic aerial photography and later satellite imagery to determine aspects of the natural sciences for planning land use and-for agriculture. Croney retired in 1983, and upon his retirement the em- ployees of the New York Soil and Water Conservation Dis- tricts established the Willard E Croney Distinguished Conserva- tion Award to be given annually to the outstanding conservation district employee in the state. A committal service with mili- tary honors will be held at 10 a.m Friday, Sept. 13, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear. Arrangements in care of Mel- son Funeral Services. Services for Tom donations to the Kopunek Chil- Pete was currently preaching at dren Education Fund. Donations the Christian Church of Seaford. KopWnek set Sept. 7 may be made at any branch of Pete enjoyed traveling, bowl- Friends and family of the late M&T Bank or by mailing the ing, golfing, fishing and playing Thomas Kopunek, 53, are invited donation to M&T Bank, 19511 cards. He loved his family, espe- to pay their respects Saturday, Camelot Drive, RehobothBeach, cially his grandchildren. Most Sept. 7, at St. Edmond's Catholic DE 19971. of all,his greatest passion was Church, 409 King Charles Ave. preaching the word of God. in Rehoboth Beach. The genial Clarence 'Pete' Short, Pete is survived by his wife owner of Rehoboth's Red Square of 47 years: Melissa A. (Parker) restaurant and MailBiz and Ia- preached word of 6od Short; two children, Candace vabyte car6 in Midway passed Clarence Lee "Pete" Short, 72, Lynn Jackson and husband Mi- away suddenly and unexpectedly of Milford, passed away at home chael of Unionville, Va. and Sunday, Aug. 25. Mr. Kopunek is Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Shawn C. Short and wife Bi nda survived by the love of his life, Mr. Short was born in Seaford, of Snow Hill, Md.; three grand- Victoria; their sons, Ruslan :and son of the late Emory and Elsie children, Patrik Jackson, Autrey Philip; and extended family in (Messick) Short. Pete was a pro- Jackson and Laura Short; a broth- Pennsylvania, Missouri and Re- duction worker for the Chrysler er, Charles E. Short of Seaford; hoboth Beach. Corporation, where he worked and two sisters, Joan Whaley A visitation will begin at 10:30 for 35 years, of Laurel and Doris Collins of a.m. and continue until the He was a Church of Christ Seaford. sei'vice at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of niinister and the founding min- A funeral' service will be held flowers, the family is accepting ister of Milford Church of Christ. Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Christian Church of Seaford, 22581 Sussex Highway, Seaford. A visitation will be held Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m at the Milford Church of Christ, 1003 S. Dupont Hwy Milford. Burial will be in Old Paths Church Cemetery, Georgetown. Flowers are accepted, or contributions can be made to Milford Church of Christ, PO Box 604, Milford, DE 19963. Arrangements in the care of Ber- ry-Short Funeral Home, Milford. I BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY Beebe Medical Center pom .es SSlOn is Some activities require tickets, which are available for purchase at the event. Rain Date: Saturday, September 28