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John V. Croda
January 30, 1938 ~ January 21, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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John Vincent Croda, 84, of Carmel, IN, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023. He was born January 30, 1938 in Oakland, CA, only child of James V. and Marguerite (Allinio) Croda.
Following his 1955 graduation from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, John joined the US Navy, serving his country from 1955-1959.
John married Norma Jean Linder in 1961 and together they had 4 children: James, John, Jean, and Julia.
In 1986, John met and married Ruthann Carson. While they did not have their own biological children, the two of them lovingly cared for more than 75 foster children during a 13-year span. As these children are now adults, many continue to keep in touch with the John and Ruthann and the sentiment of referring to them as “Papa” and “Mama”.
John worked for Naval Avionics, previously Bio-Dynamics, Boehringer-Mannheim-Roche Diagnostics for more than 35 years. He traveled all over the world for the company and made many friends along the way.
Playing guitar, and tinkering with old radios, were hobbies John enjoyed as well as grilling his famous barbecue chicken. He was an avid fan of the Colts and the Pacers.
Everyone who met and knew John became a recipient of his kind words and sweet smile.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his eldest son, James Croda.
Left to mourn his death are his wife, Ruthann Croda; children, Jack Croda, Jean Marshall, Julia Croda; stepdaughter, Mary Sullivan; 2 grandchildren, Gabrielle Anderson and James; 4 step-grandchildren, Aaron, Carson, Connor, and Francine; 5 great step-grandchildren; and numerous cousins.
Family and friends will gather Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 10:30am in Carmel Friends Church, 651 W. Main Street, Carmel, IN 46032, where John was a longtime member, and where the Funeral Service will begin at 12 Noon.
A Committal Service with Military Honors will take place at 2:30pm in Eagle Creek Cemetery, Westfield, IN.
In memory of John, donations may be made to The Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation, 14350 Mundy Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060. Envelopes will be available at the service.
Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family with arrangements.