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
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.
Online condolences may be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.