Kevin Cronkhite Obituary Lockport, NY

Kevin Cronkhite

April 21, 1970 - June 5, 2017

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."

Obituary of Kevin S. Cronkhite


Kevin S. Cronkhite entered into rest June 5, 2017. Born April 21, 1970 in Lockport, he is the son of James and the late Carol (Sewar) Cronkhite and step-son to Glenda Cronkhite.  Kevin retired from Local 22 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and Nascar.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Karrie Cronkhite. Beloved father of Karah (Jason Cain) Cronkhite. Beloved son of James (Glenda) Cronkhite. Dear brother of David (Jennifer) Cronkhite, Linda (Denny) Wagner, and the late James M. Cronkhite. Son-in-law of Louis and Carol Peracciny. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Dear friend of Tom and Kyle Hayes.

Friends may call from 4-7 PM on Thursday, June 8th at the Taylor and Reynolds Funeral Home, at 70 Niagara Street.  Funeral services to follow at 7:00 PM. Inurnment in Acaccia Park Cemetery. Memorials to a charity of one's choice. Condolences may be offered below.


  1. Anthony Gullo on June 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Rest in piece my friend

  2. David Cronkhite on June 7, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Calling hours are on Thursday June 8th from 4-7 and Services at 7.

  3. Bob Ratajczak on June 7, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I am at a loss for words. My deepest condolences to Karrie, their daughter Karah, and the rest of Kevin’s family. Although our paths have not crossed in many years I have great memories of my time hanging out with Kevin, from all the times we rode the 3 wheelers and the bus rides to school to the nights we played cards and had a few beers at his house. My favorite memory of Kevin was when we got interested in trapping. I was never the great outdoorsman so Kevin taught me everything he knew. Everyday I looked forward to getting out of school and hopping on the 3 wheeler to go get Kevin and check our trap line. One day, way behind his house, we saw coyote tracks along the edge of a field near a woodline. We were determined to get our first coyote but we had nothing as bait. As we were looking around Kevin yelled “check this out”. He had found a dead squirrel that must have tried to jump from tree to tree and his head was stuck in the y of 2 tree branches. We used the dead squirrel as bait and set 2 traps for the coyote. The next day we headed out to check our traps. When we came to the large field where we had set our traps we came to s complete stop. We were so excited we could see something in our trap. As we drove closer we were still couldn’t see what was there. As we drove there our excitement turned to nervousness and fear. We did not have a coyote in our traps like we hoped. We did have a full sized hawk that thought the squirll looked like a good meal. After what seemed like an eternity of brainstorming, Kevin yells “I got an idea, We have to go back to my house” . We make the long ride back to his house. When we get there he runs into his shed and comes out with a big cage (can’t remember if it was a dog carrier or a large live trap). We drive back to the hawk. The hawk stood about 1 1/2 to 2 foot tall. It was BIG! Kevin took off his leather jacket he was wearing and without fear, carefully placed his jacket over the hawks head and body. The hawk was very calm, almost as if he knew Kevin was trying to help him. We gently removed the hawks leg from the trap, We picked him up and carefully put him in the cage. I will never forget the feeling of petting a wild hawk and thinking what an incredible moment this was. Once the hawk was safely in the cage and we stopped shaking, we slowly drove back to Kevins house. Once there we called the conservation officer (yes this was before cell phones). He came and looked at the hawk. He said leg wound was not bad at all and after a week of healing he would release the hawk back into the wild. It’s a day I will never forget! Soar with the hawks my friend and Rest In Peace!

  4. Brian Wolters on June 7, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I have many fond memories of Kevin. That’s how, I will remember him. May he rest in piece. Many prayers for him and his family.

  5. Ted & Marie Hadley on June 8, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Jim, Glenda & Family: We are both saddened by Kevin’s passing…please accept our condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Peace to all.

  6. Ted & Marie Hadley on June 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Jim, Glenda & Family: We are saddened by Kevin’s passing…please accept our condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Peace. Ted & Marie Hadley

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