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26 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, Comell 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 F. 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 Kopffnek set Sept. 7 Friends and family of the late Thomas Kopunek, 53, are invited to pay their respects Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. The genial owner of Rehoboth's Red Square restaurant and MailBiz and Ja- vabyte car6 in Midway passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 25. M r. Kopunek is survived by the love of his life, Victoria; their sons, Ruslan land Philip; and extended family in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Re- hoboth Beach. A visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until the service at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to the Kopunek Chil- dren Education Fund. Donations may be made at any branch of M&T Bank or by mailing the donation to M&T Bank, 19511 Camelot Drive, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Clarence 'Pete' Short, preached word of God Clarence Lee "Pete" Short, 72, of Milford, passed away at home Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Mr. Short was born in Seaford, son of the late Emory and Elsie (Messick) Short. Pete was a pro- duction worker for the Chrysler Corporation, where he worked for 35 years. He was a Church of Christ niinister and the founding min- ister of Milford Church of Christ. Pete was currently preaching at the Christian Church of Seaford. Pete enjoyed traveling, bowl- ing, golfing, fishing and playing cards. He loved his family, espe- cially his grandchildren. Most of all,his greatest passion was preaching the word of God. Pete is survived by his wife of 47 years: Melissa A. (Parker) Short; two children, Candace Lynn Jackson and husband Mi- chael of Unionville, Va. and Shawn C. Short and wife Binda of Snow Hill, Md.; three grand- children, Patrik Jackson, Autrey Jackson and Laura Short; a broth- er, Charles E. Short of Seaford; and two sisters, Joan Whaley of Laurel and Doris Collins of Seaford. A funeral' service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. at the II I 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. BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER AUXILIARY B Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary Saturday, September 21 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Windswept Stables Route 24, Lewes Games, Horse Shows, Pony Rides, Food, Baked Goods, Petting Zoo Admission is Free Some activities require tickets, which are available for purchase at the event. Rain Date: Saturday, September 28