Gerald "Pete" Crofton, 76, died Nov. 1, 2007 after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Pete was born Oct. 21, 1931 in Lawn. The family moved to Corpus Christi in his early childhood, attended Corpus Christi High School, graduating in 1949. He was attending Del Mar College when he was called on to serve in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. Following his completion of service to his country, Pete began a career in the oilfield industry, working as a rigger for Del Hi Taylor and Amerada Hess Refining. It was after Hurricane Celia destroyed Amerada Hess Refining that Pete began what would be many years of service to Suntide Refining as an operator and fire fighter, retiring in 1994. Pete was proud to have served as a reserve constable in the Annaville area for 12 years. An avid gun and knife collector, he was a member of the Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club. He enjoyed hunting and spent many Thanksgiving holidays with his daughter on hunting leases.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierre and Velma Crofton; and stepson, Manuel Castillo.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; one daughter, Ollie (Don) Kramer; three stepsons, Rick Barnett, Pat (Kellie) Barnett, and Steven (J.J.) Castillo Sr.; 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Sawyer-George Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Robstown Memorial Park.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home