WO1 Richard A. Croton was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/28/2016 at the age of 67.3
Ocala, FL
Flight Class 70-27
Date of Birth 09/22/1949
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 1/9 CAV 1 CAV in 70-71
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Richard A. Croton, 67, of Ocala, Florida, passed away December 28, 2016, with his family at his bedside. He was born September 22, 1949 in Alma, Michigan to the late John Thomas & Aletha (Hatton) Croton. Richard was a Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War flying helicopters. He was also a general manager at a modular home factory before his retirement. Richard is survived by his devoted wife of 36 years, Jackelyn "Jackie" Croton, of Ocala, FL; 2 daughters, Karley Lynn (husband Cody) Locklear, of Vista, CA; Kinley (husband Sean) Croton Lagrange, Los Angles, CA; 2 brothers; John and Scott Croton, both of MI; sister, Karen Quinn, of MI; granddaughter, Ellis Aletha. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

Burial: Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens, Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA

Croton, Richard A. Age 67, died peacefully at his home on December 28th, 2016, after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was surrounded by the women who love him_his wife Jackelyn Croton, daughters, Kinley Lagrange and Karley Locklear and his granddaughter, Ellis Lagrange, as well as his sons-in-law, Sean Lagrange and Cody Locklear. The youngest of 6 children and son of John Thomas and Aletha (Hatton) Croton, Rick was known to many of his pals as "Earl". He was born and raised in Alma, Michigan, and a war veteran who served in the United States Army in Vietnam as a Chief Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot for the 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division, flying reconnaissance missions. Rick spent the majority of his career working for Lippert Components, Inc. and relocated with the company as General Manager in Ocala, Florida, where he and Jackie raised their daughters and he finished his tenure. An avid golfer and active member at County Club of Ocala, "Mr. Golf" was on the course or at the clubhouse, if he wasn't at home watching Florida football or the Detroit Tigers with his family and friends. A formal service will not be held, please join us in celebrating his life by donating to Hospice of Marion County Richard A. Croton is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jackelyn Dee Croton; children, Kinley Croton Lagrange, Karley Lynn Locklear and Brent Fairchild; granddaughter, Ellis Aletha Lagrange; sister, Karen Quinn; brothers, John Harris and Scott Croton.

Published in Morning Sun on Dec. 31, 2016

Burial information: Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens, Ocala, FL

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