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John Leslie Crownover

June 19, 1943 - January 24, 2022

John Leslie Crownover, 78, of State College, passed away on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Born June 19, 1943, in Lewistown, he was a son of the late Fred W. and Nanna M. (Foulk) Crownover.

John is survived by: his siblings Richard Gibboney and wife Ann of State College, and Ellen Gibboney Bryant of State College; his children, Brian Douglas Crownover and wife Christine David of Boston, Mass., and Jennifer Crownover Kerr and husband William B. of State College, Grandchildren, Abigail Elizabeth Kerr and Olivia Ellen Kerr both of State College, and Christian Gerard Crownover of Boston, Mass., as well as many cousins including Tom Berich, Doug Berich and wife Beverly, and Beth (Berich) Farrell and her husband Barry, and his lifelong best friend, John Kauffman.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his spouse/companion Carole Ritter and a sister Jackie (Gibboney) Berich.

John Crownover was a 1961 graduate of Kishacoquillas High School, where he participated on the wrestling team. He attended Central Penn Business School in Harrisburg. His career spanned many disciplines. He worked at Kish Bank in Belleville and Hagerstown Cash Register, prior to becoming a journeyman electrician. Later, he refinished antiques and then was a mortgage and insurance broker.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belleville.

John had many interests that included getting his pilot’s license. He loved fly-fishing, was an avid Penn State football and wrestling fan and was enthusiastic about sailing and equestrian sports, especially after watching his granddaughters evolve into experienced riders.

He was most proud of his grandchildren and loved witnessing their growth and accomplishments.

Family and friends who knew him, will remember his devilish sense of humor and contagious laughter. He’d make a funny but endearing nickname for all his friends and family.

One of John’s favorite pastimes was cruising his beloved Big Valley, buying produce from Amish farms where he made many dear friends among the Amish community.

John will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

At this time, a private memorial celebration of life will be held by the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Pennsylvania Clinic, 375 Kish St., Belleville, PA 17004, or online at

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville.

Online condolences may be offered at

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