April 28 1949 July 15 2019
Michael’s Obituary Dr. Michael Thomas Cron, O.D., M.S. Michael T. Cron, 70, of Canadian Lakes, exceptional husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 15th, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born in Celina, OH on April 28th, 1949, the son of Thomas H. and Evelyn L. (Reichard) Cron, the oldest of seven children. He attended the University of Michigan and the Illinois College of Optometry and began his career as an Optometrist by opening a private practice in Spring Lake, Michigan. Michael joined the faculty of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1977, and assumed the position of Dean of the college prior to his retirement in 2012, after serving Ferris State for 35 years. While always dedicated to his work at the University, Michael also enjoyed spending time in his garden and feeding the birds, fishing off his dock, playing bridge and visiting casinos, traveling the world, including visiting all 50 United States, watching University of Michigan and Detroit professional sporting events (particularly those in the Big House), and performing on many community choral and theater stages. Most of all, Michael loved his family. He married Connie J. Hall on June 22, 1974 in Spring Lake, Michigan. Together they raised Cara and Andrew in Big Rapids, and delighted in the joys of their grandchildren. Michael is survived by his daughter Cara (Jason) Baker, son Andrew (Rachelle Martin) Cron, grandchildren Lilly, Maya, Porter, Molly, Jared, Celia and Taylor, brothers Steve Cron, Ken (Jolene) Cron, Ron (Kathy) Cron, and Joe Cron, sisters Barb (Doug) Nastally and Sue (Mike) McDermott, sisters in law Susan and Mary Jo (Dawn Phillips) and Julie Hall, and many nieces and nephews, many cousins and countless friends. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Connie, his parents, sister in law Jill, brother in law John, nephews Jeffrey, Jay and Daniel, and niece Marie. The heart of Michael’s life was his family and his devotion to Optometry. His legacy is left behind in both his grandchildren and the remarkable Michigan College of Optometry and new facility, of which he played an integral role in its existence. His loss to both his family and optometry is immeasurable. The Funeral Mass for Michael will be 11:00 am, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at St. Paul’s Catholic Campus Parish in Big Rapids, with his brother, Father Steven Cron officiating. His family will greet friends at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday. A Memorial Visitation will follow from 2-5 p.m. in the Atrium of the Michigan College of Optometry, Ferris State University, and at 5:00 pm a revelrous “Irish Wake” will begin in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn, Big Rapids Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan College of Optometry George Holcomb Scholarship Fund or Alumni Scholarship Fund, the University of Michigan Cancer Center, or the World Wildlife Fund. Read More
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Michael Thomas Cron April 28 1949 July 15 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Big Rapids, state: Michigan