Myron (Mike) Cronce died March 11, 2000, in Bowie, Ariz. He was 69.
He was born in Suring, Wis., Sept. 1, 1930. He moved to Alaska in 1947 and lived in Anchorage when it was still a tent city. He came to Kenai in 1949 and began the peninsula's first garbage collection business, which he sold in 1966 to start Twin City Locksmith, the first locksmith in the area.
Mr. Cronce retired in 1995 after selling the business. In 1999, he successfully completed his GED at the age of 68. Mr. Cronce was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in Soldotna.
Mr. Cronce is survived by his faithful and loving wife, Mellie, of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Sharon Cronce, of Kenai; grandsons Scott and Russell Cronce and grandsons and granddaughters-in-law Anthony and Sheena Cronce and Christopher and Kristie Cronce; two great-grandsons, Austin and Andra, of Kenai; stepchildren Ranny and Cecilia Palacio and Maribel and Arturo Pocson, and 11 step-grandchildren, all of the Philippines. Numerous close friends and church family members also survive him.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church on Echo Lake Road in Soldotna. Pastor Bill Hatfield will officiate. For more information call 262-1533.
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