Richard McCrocklin, 81: Navy veteran served abroad, beloved at home

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BRUNSWICK — Richard McCrocklin, 81, of Brunswick, died March 3 at Horizons Living and Rehab Center in Brunswick.

He was the youngest of four children born to Claude and Bessie Mae Vann McCrocklin. He lived in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, and finished his schooling in Shreveport, Louisiana.

McCrocklin joined the U.S. Navy in 1952, and retired in 1972 as a chief petty officer. During his career, he served on six ships and in several duty stations, both at home and abroad.

After his retirement from the Navy, he worked as an industrial mechanic at several manufacturing plants in New Jersey. There, he and his first wife, Barbara, raised two sons, Steven Stosney and Richard Jr.

Following Barbara’s death, he met and married his wife, Ursula, and inherited a large extended family, including six children and their spouses, 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They felt privileged to call him Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa.

Richard loved football, and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Louisiana State University. 

A graveside service will be held at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, New Jersey, on Friday at 1 p.m. Arrangements are being made by Hobbs Funeral Home, in South Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Association at, or to CHANS Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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