Ronald Philip Cropley, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at Northern Light EMMC Hospital in Bangor, surrounded by his family. Ron was born in Houlton April 2, 1937, to Philip A. Cropley and Georgia Bragg Cropley. He was raised by his loving maternal grandmother, Nettie Bragg, in Danforth.

In 1958, he married the love of his life, Janet Clark, in Southwest Harbor and they spent the first 20 years of marriage living all over the world while Ron served in the Army. He retired in 1976 as a sergeant first class with over 20 years of service. Ron and Jan recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary in June.

Ron had a strong sense of duty that was always present and led him to serve his country, raise his family, work hard at whatever job he was doing, large or small, volunteer for numerous organizations and causes, and help out countless family, friends and strangers alike without thought to himself.

He was often serious when “getting done what needed to be done,” but he always had a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his lips, a joke on his mind and time to make someone laugh. He rarely complained, preferring to solve the problem rather than place blame, except when the Red Sox made a pitching change in the ninth that he didn’t agree with. The world was a better place with him in it and he will be greatly missed by many.

Ron always made time to serve his community and to help his neighbors and friends. He was a member of Benjamin Berry American Legion Post 50 of Unity for 38 years, where he held many positions, up to and including post commander. He was a charter member of the Unity Area Rotary Club, and he immensely enjoyed running the annual citrus fruit sales fundraiser for them.

He also served as sexton for the town of Troy. He was most proud of creating the Troy Flag Fund that allowed American flags to fly proudly along the main roads of Troy. Seeing the Stars & Stripes waving each day was a reminder to him of his service and his patriotism toward our country and his community that he loved. He was a longtime member of the Troy Union Church and served as a deacon, as well as in other roles.

Besides Janet, his loving wife of 62 years, he is survived by their daughter, Cheryl Cropley Evans, and her husband Keith, of Lakeland, Minn.; their sons, Alan R. Cropley and his wife Penny of Evensville, Tenn., and Aaron W. Cropley and his wife Vicki of Topsham; grandchildren Charissa Honefanger and her husband Chris of Springfield, Ohio; Sarah Cropley of Scarborough and Mariah Clemons and her husband Andrew of Standish; step-grandchildren, Katie Evans and Allen Evans of Lakeland, Minn.; Elizabethe Kuhn and her husband Jeremy of Mableton, Ga.; and AJ Wouters of Carson City, Mich.; great-grandchildren Calvin Honefanger, and Layla and Liam Evans-Ellingson. He expressed regret that he would miss meeting new great-granddaughter Kaylie Clemons in January. He also found great joy playing with grand-pups Charlotte, Baylee and Sona.

Also surviving are many brothers- and sisters-in-law and countless cousins, nieces and nephews, along with many other “adopted” family members. He was predeceased by his grandmother, his parents, brothers Duane Cropley and Jerry Nye, and his many aunts and uncles who helped raise him. He will be missed by his American Legion and Rotary families where he was a friend and colleague to many.

A military service with full honors will be scheduled at a later date at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Troy Flag Fund, c/o Ron Moody, P.O. Box 5, Unity, ME 04988.

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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.