Charles Richard Cronkhite, 62, known to his friends as Rick, died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on Jan. 6, 2021. For 13 years Rick enjoyed living in Montrose and appreciated his Gordon Printz.
Rick was born to Gary and Patricia Cronkhite on Sept. 11,1958. Pat was later remarried to Bill Wolford, who Rick considered as much a father as his own in the later years of life, saying that “Dad” as he affectionately referred to him, was his role model.
Throughout his life, Rick was always a creative jokester, in turn a graduate of the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, a candidate for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s posse, a park ranger, a school teacher, and in his later years a fiercely independent bachelor as he struggled with the debilitating effects of Charcot-Marie Tooth Syndrome, mowing his lawn with a lawnmower tied by a rope to the back of his wheelchair, shoveling his driveway with a pair of skis he fashioned into a snowplow mounted to the front of his wheelchair, and advocating for the implementation of accessibility features in sidewalks around Montrose.
Rick leaves behind his two children, Rikki Ann Cronkhite and Martin Cronkhite along with his wife Robyn, four granddaughters and another on the way: Kayla Williams, Layna Williams, Emily Williams, Marlowe Cronkhite, and Cary Cronkhite (in May!); his mother, Pat Wolford, his stepfather, Bill Wolford, his brother, Ty Cronkhite, along with a cadre of longtime friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Page Burgener, who passed away in 2009, his father Gary Cronkhite, who passed away in 2006, his grandparents Charles and Irene Cronkhite, and his very special dog Jack Bones, who left this world just last year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Rick’s name to the Delta County Animal Shelter in Delta, Colo. There will be no formal service.