Nelson J. Crocken Jr., 85

Machinist, veteran

November 15, 2007

Nelson Joseph Crocken Jr., a retired steel company foreman and a World War II veteran, died Monday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The longtime Pasadena resident was 85.

Mr. Crocken was born in Baltimore and raised on Wilhelm Street. He attended Baltimore public schools until the eighth grade.

"He later returned and earned his GED," said his childhood sweetheart and wife of 67 years, the former Margaret Florence Butterworth.

During World War II, Mr. Crocken enlisted in the Army and served with the 100th Infantry Division. He fought from Italy and France to Germany, holding the rank of private. His decorations included the Bronze Star.

"He didn't talk about the war much but would if asked," Mrs. Crocken said.

He returned to Baltimore after the war and went to work at Eastern Stainless Steel Co., where he was a machinist and later foreman. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Crocken liked caring for his automobile and camping with his family in Pennsylvania.

He was a member of the Pasadena Assembly of God Church.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Also surviving are a son, Wayne Nelson Crocken of Pasadena; two daughters, Gloria Dawn Zink of Baltimore and Linda Stanton of Pasadena; a sister, Helen Meushaw of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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