Christopher Kron, a former butcher who owned Kron's Meat and Deli Shoppe in Woodlawn, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in Woodstock, Howard County. He was 74.
Mr. Kron was born in Baltimore and raised above his grandfather's butcher shop in the 2600 block of W. Fayette St. He was a 1947 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical drawing from Maryland Institute College of Art.
In 1947, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve's 11th Engineer Battalion. In 1951, he was called to active duty during the Korean War. Even though he was offered a medical discharge because of high blood pressure, he remained on inactive status throughout the war, family members said.
As a tribute to his Marine Corps days, Mr. Kron flew the flag each day at his Neepier Road home in Catonsville, where he had lived for 40 years. A Marine Corps insignia was a "staple form of patriotic memorabilia," said his wife of 53 years, the former Patricia Feeley.
Mr. Kron began working in his grandfather's butcher shop when he was 12 years old.
"He donned a white apron and learned the family business from the sawdust up, under the tutelage of his grandfather and father," Mrs. Kron said.
In 1955, Mr. Kron and his wife purchased a market on Windsor Mill Road that became Kron's Meat and Deli Shoppe. They operated the business until retiring in 1997.
Mr. Kron, who enjoyed collecting antique automobiles, had an affection for 1931 Chevrolet coupes with rumble seats. For many years, he drove the cars in Fourth of July parades. He also had a 1930s-era National Brewing Co. truck that he had repainted and used as a delivery truck.
He also liked to cook and entertain.
"He was an excellent cook. Meat, what else? One of his favorite dishes was corned beef and potatoes," Mrs. Kron said.
Mr. Kron was a communicant of St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.
Besides his wife, Mr. Kron is survived by a son, Christopher Michael Kron of Miami; two daughters, Linda Kron Cahill of McLean, Va., and Jacqueline Kron Miller of Gaithersburg; and five grandchildren.