While many men who have been retired for as long as Croan might be sitting in their living room watching TV in the comfort of air conditioning, you would find Croan heading off to the hay fields for the afternoon.
May 31 marked the 30th anniversary of Croan's retirement from Chrysler Corp. But even though he's 82 years old, Croan is still going strong. He is still active on his farm, with his family and in his hobbies.
He lives next door to both of his sons, Tom and Gary, and enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Asked about his favorite part of retirement, Croan replied humorously, "Well, I'll tell you the worst part instead. That was the day when I quit drawing a check!"
When he's not farming, Croan enjoys many activities that keep him busy and outdoors. He frequents yard sales and the Croy's Creek Traders Fair. He loves to garden, and cans many of the vegetables he grows. He is even known amongst his family for his great salsa. He is also an avid deer hunter.
While his 83rd birthday is approaching next February, that does not seem to bother Croan. With his energy, humor and love for life, it appears the Fillmore man could easily continue enjoying his hobbies and farming for years to come.
Croan served three years in the United States Air Force, and in 1950 he began working at the Chrysler Corp. foundry at Indianapolis. There he worked in the pattern shop, repairing patterns until his retirement in 1981.
Croan has also been a member of the Freemasons for 50 years. In 1963 he married Etta McNew, who passed away in 2006. He was remarried in 2007 to Brenda Totten. They currently reside in Fillmore where you are likely to find Croan out working in his garden.