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Bruce E. Cropf

May 16, 2011
Lewistown Sentinel

BELLEVILLE - Bruce E. Cropf Sr., 88, of 10 Katie Lane, Belleville, and most recently of Valley View Haven, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Valley View Haven.

Born Nov. 20, 1922, in Nescopeck, he was the second son of five boys to Guy and Grace (Klinger) Cropf.

He is survived by a half-brother, Charles Dunkelburger, of Camp Hill and a half-sister, Delores Russell, of Harrisburg. His brothers William, Jack, Ken and Richard Cropf all preceded him in death.

Bruce was raised and graduated from the Hershey Industrial School. He resided there from five-years-old until age 18. He then joined the United States Air Force during World War II as a gunnery officer. Following his service career, he began his professional career with the U.S. Government, General Services Administration, where he was the Director of Property Management and Development. He specialized in minerals, metals and ores. Also during this time, he married Ruth (Miller) Cropf and they welcomed an only son, Bruce E. Cropf Jr. In 1975, he retired with 33 years of service.

On Oct. 16, 1976, he married Fleta Ann (Byler) Clever Cropf, who resides at 10 Katie Lane, Belleville.

Bruce was an avid rock hound and enjoyed hunting in South Dakota, fishing, photography, gardening, storytelling and traveling with his wife. He was a member of the Allensville Presbyterian Church, a member of the Custer City Blue Lodge No. 66, of Custer, S.D. and the Consistory Valley, of Deadwood Orient of S.D. and also a member of the Jaffa Shrine Temple in Altoona.

Bruce will be sadly missed by the children, Bruce E. Cropf Jr. of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; Linda C. Heineman, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Harry K. Clever and wife Cynthia, of Sparks, Nev.; six grandchildren, Jon Christopher Cropf, Alaina (Cropf) Leimbach, Eric C. Donaldson, Scott Heineman, Tiffany (Clever) Moorhead, and Andrew K. Clever as well as five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Allensville Presbyterian Church with Pastors Cliff Haddox and George Anderson officiating. His family will receive friends on Friday, May 27, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 (

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, 3813 West Main St., Belleville, PA 17004.



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