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Adrian Charles Crook

Adrian Charles Crook, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at home; age 82 years after a brave fight with lymphoma. Adrian was born on September 3, 1938 in Red Bud, IL to the late Albert E. and Elsie E. (nee Harsey) Crook. He honorably served in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers. Adrian was married to Marcella C. Wennmacher on June 16, 1962 after meeting at the University of Illinois; she survives him. For the last 40+ years, he was an active parishioner of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Tipton, IL, serving as trustee for numerous years.

Adrian helped his parents on the farm while working for IBM as a salesman for 20 years. After retiring from IBM, he farmed full-time and served on the Monroe County Farm Bureau Board for 25 years with many of those years as treasurer. He also served on the Gateway FS, Inc. Board for 17 years. Adrian always treated everyone fairly. He enjoyed teaching his children about his very large vegetable garden and fruit orchards on their Centennial Farm.

Surviving besides his wife Marcella Crook; children Teresa M. Crook (Eric Frahm) of Frankenmuth, MI, Monica A. (Michael) Venneberg of Colona, IL, Michael E. Crook (Nyree Lensch) of Waterloo, IL, Andrew C. Crook (Bich Ngoc Pham) of Waterloo, IL, Steve D. Crook of Amboy, IL, Aleta L. (William) Lynch of Urbana, IL, Kevin J. Crook of Waterloo, IL, David P. Crook of Loveland, CO, Loretta R. (Tony) Martins of Jerome, ID, and Regina E. Crook of Manchester, MO; grandchildren Timothy, Bryce, & Lance Frahm, Cynthia (Phil) Durdan, Raymond, William, Nathan, & Joseph Venneberg, Oscar, Orion, & Olive Earhart, Toby, Ty, & Tara Martins; and Ethan Santiago, brothers and sister Donald E. (Mary) Crook of O'Fallon, MO, Laverne (Phil) Millevolte of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Eugene J. (Louise) Crook of Austin, TX; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Adrian valued an education. For those planning an expression of sympathy you may wish to consider memorials to Gibault Catholic High School (scholarship endowment) or Monroe County Farm Bureau Foundation (scholarship for college students majoring in agriculture).

Drive Through Visitation (remain in car):
3 PM to 8 PM Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Quernheim Funeral Home
8 AM until 9:15 AM Friday at Quernheim Funeral Home

10 AM Friday, October 16, 2020 at St. Patrick Church in Tipton, IL
Father John Kizhakedan officiating
Interment at St. Patrick Cemetery in Tipton, IL with a Celebration of Life (social-distancing parameters, including masks) immediately following on the church grounds.

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I have great memories of Adrian and Marcella from my time spent in Monroe County. What a loving and caring family, hard working and a pleasure to be around. You taught me many things, about life and about farming.

Mike Roegge Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

You are all in my prayers this week. He and Mrs Crook have raised a wonderful family. I enjoyed teaching and interacting with all the Crook family. God bless you all.
Dennis Rueter

Dennis Rueter Oct 17 2020 12:00 AM

I have all of you in my thoughts this week. There isn't anyone more hard-working and generous than Uncle Adrian and Aunt Marcie. I have great memories of fun and even hard work on the farm and all the delicious meals with so many vegetables from the garden (and the homemade ice cream and cake!) I am grateful for all I was able to share with you and your family through the years, including the visits to the farm with my own children! Love, Gretchen

Gretchen Crook Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

If there are no gardens in heaven, I am sure Adrian will create one. Keep his memory and values close and in your hearts. Many prayers and hugs to the Crook families.

Eileenc L Curran Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM