Passing On: Ronald Charles “Bear” Cronick


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


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


Cronick is survived by an entire

community of brothers and sisters; uncles and aunts; nephews and


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.

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