Passing On: Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick
Friday, January 09 2015
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Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick

January 17, 1939 - December 1, 2014

Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick, 75, of Minneapolis journeyed to the spirit world on Monday, Dec. 1 at his residence.

He was born on January 17, 1939 and was an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and an honorary member of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. He was also a sundancer and helper for 17 years.

Bear worked as head helper at Porky’s Sugarbush Camp for over 20 years. He was the recipient of The 1989 McKnight Award.

Bear was a constant service to his community directing AIM patrols and Community Youth Programs in the 80s and 90s. He continued to serve as AIM’s head of security at community events until 2012.

His service and generosity enriched the lives of all that knew him, he was a pillar of a cherished, extended community. His presence and love will be remembered and missed by all!

Cronick is survived by an entire community of brothers and sisters; uncles and aunts; nephews and nieces.

Traditional funeral services for were held on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ceremonies were led by Art Owens. An all night wake was held Dec. 3 at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

Casket Bearers are Rory Scoles, Jon Gephardt, Mike Skinner, Elliot Skinner, Brinton Martin, Vaughn Lodge, Bob Walker and Hunter Bancroft.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is providing funeral and wake services for the family. Online condolences may be made at

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