Aug. 26, 1945-June 21, 2013
MARSHALL - Services for Arthur B. Crocker, 67, of Marshall, formerly of Balaton, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Arthur's Roller Rink, currently Almlie Funeral Home, in Balaton. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Almlie Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.
He died Friday, June 21, 2013, at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.
Arthur Byron Crocker was born Aug. 26, 1945, to Shirley and Gladys (Rud) Crocker in Phoenix, Ariz., Maricope County. As a young child he moved with his family to New Town, N.D., where he graduated from New Town High School in 1964. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and served during the Vietnam War in the states until his honorable discharge in 1969.
Art settled in Balaton in 1970, where he owned and operated the Balaton Roller Rink from 1973 to 1979. Over the years he has driven truck for Fadness Trucking of Ruthton for five years, Floyd Wild Trucking of Marshall for 25 years, and Doug Bradley Trucking of Marshall for three years. Art was also active in his community, serving on the Balaton Fire Department and Ambulance from 1975 until he retired in 1995. On Aug. 27, 2010, Art married Connie Lichtsinn in Balaton and they made their home in Marshall. A fire in 2012 destroyed their home they had kept in Balaton.
Art enjoyed fishing trips with his friends, talking on the phone with his trucking buddies, coffee at Benson's with the guys and especially spending time with his wife and family.
On June 18, 2012, Art became a patient of the Prairie Home Hospice House of Marshall, where he died Friday, June 21, 2013, at the age of 67, after a short battle with cancer that he was diagnosed with on Jan. 18, 2013.
Art is survived by his wife, Connie Crocker of Marshall; son, David Crocker of Balaton; daughter, Jennifer (and Steve) Williams of Fredricksburg, Va.; two step-sons, Scott (and Lindsay) Lichtsinn of Gainsville, Va., and Brandon Andersen of Marshall; five grandsons, Tyler, Brandon, Lucas, Zackary, and Arik; one brother, William Crocker of Federal Way, Wash.; six sisters, Nancy (and Alvin) Beuhler, Mary (and Aaron) Ducolon, Phyllis (and William) McDaniel, Jane Berntson, Debby (and David) Larson, and Jacky (and Joe) Elston, all of Federal Way, Wash.; nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Shirley Crocker, mother, Gladys Crocker Berntson, step-father, Elwood Berntson Sr., and four brothers, George Crocker, Benjamin, Lewis, and Elwood Berntson Jr.