EDITORIAL: Thanks for caring for us, Mr. Crunkleton

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim community lost a pioneer last week. Robert G. Crunkleton died at the age of 90 after a lifetime of care for and development of the the economic and physical health of this community.

Just a few years ago Mr. Crunkleton was recognized for 48 years of service to the Greencastle-Antrim Area Development Corporation. He was the last surviving charter officer of the organization. Mr. Crunkleton had taken the torch from his father, A.G. Crunkleton, who also spent his life promoting progress in the Greencastle-Antrim community.

Among the businesses Mr. Crunkleton helped to bring to town were Corning Glass Works, Armco Steel, Sylvania Shows and Anvil Products, along with the many jobs that came with them. He was instrumental in the development of the industrial park on Commerce Avenue.

Mr. Crunkleton was a founding member of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and was honored by the organization in 2008 with its James P. Oliver Outstanding Citizenship Award in 2008.

A veteran, Mr. Crunkleton was also heavily involved in community organizations, including more than a half century of perfect attendance at the Greencastle Lions Club meetings. He was active in recruiting doctors to move to the Greencastle-Antrim community and was part of the foundation that led to the establishment of the John L. Grove Medical Center, staying involved there for more than four decades.

Mr. Crunkleton told the Echo Pilot a few years ago that his activities gave him a “good feeling” for the community. He left a mark on the Greencastle-Antrim community that few have. We appreciate your work Mr. Crunkleton. Thanks for caring for us. Rest in peace.