Oneonta – John E. McCrea Sr., 95, passed away July 15, 2022 at the NYS Veteran’s Home in Oxford.
He was born October 17, 1926 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of James and Alice (Reilly) McCrea.
In 1943 he moved to his family farm in Laurens, where he attended Laurens Central School.
At the age of 17 John enlisted in the United States Navy serving during World War II in the South Pacific, Philippines and Borneo. He served with the PT Squadron 27.
John married Doreen K. Rider on September 11, 1954 at the Davenport Presbyterian Church.