James Simon Monroe Crooks, 84, of Home, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born in 1926 in Smicksburg, a son of the late Jesse M. and Erma E. (Eakman) Crooks.
He was married to his wife of 63 years, Dolly J. Cornman Crooks, who survives.
Mr. Crooks was a member of the Old Mahoning Baptist Church and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army as an aviation cadet.
He was self-employed as a carpenter and contractor, and also as a lumberman and sawmill operator. In his retirement, he began making 50 tops a week to give away, and has sent tops all over the world.
Mr. Crooks had a real love of music and is well-known for his fiddle and guitar playing in bluegrass circles and gospel bands. He also enjoyed storytelling, hunting and trapping, even though he became opposed to trapping in his later years.
He enjoyed hearing people laugh and his friendship was valued by many. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include two daughters and a son, Gail Patterson and husband Andrew, Allen Crooks and wife Bonnie, and Susan Crooks, all of Home; five grandchildren, Mark Patterson and wife Maria, Eric Patterson and wife Shelly, Joshua Patterson and wife Desiree, Erin Barthel and husband Casey, and Robert Crooks and wife Jody; nine great grandchildren, Andrew, Autumn, Evan, Logan, Mackenzie, Mason, Miles, Morgan and Susan; two sisters, Dorothy Graves and husband John of Albion and Joan Griffith and husband Clifford of Smicksburg; a brother-in-law, Eugene Cornman of Home; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Cornman; and a brother-in-law, Clifford Steiner.
Friends will be received from noon to 4 p.m. today at the Old Mahoning Baptist Church, 5225 Mahoning Rd., Home, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010, with Pastor Micah McMillen officiating.
Interment will be made in the church cemetery with the Armstrong County Veterans providing military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Child Evangelism Fellowship, (CEF), P.O. Box 403, Indiana, Pa. 15701.
Online condolences may be made at www.bowserminich.com .