Mr. Crawford was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Kennett, and was of the Baptist faith. He was a former owner and operator of a transport truck, and had retired as a farmer and thoroughbred horse trainer. He was also a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II; member of VFW; member of Overland Occidental Lodge 623; and member of Teamsters Union 600, in St. Louis. Mr. Crawford enjoyed playing cards, watching Cardinal's baseball, horse racing, fishing and hunting.
On Sept. 5, 1952, in Esther, Mo., he married Norma Ruth Hovis, who survives.
Mr. Crawford's parents, Millard and Maude Williams Crawford; brother, Bill Crawford; step-mother, Lillie Crawford; half-sister, Betsy Grigsby and half-brother, Ricky Crawford preceded him in death.
A Masonic Service will begin at 6 p.m., today, Thursday, April 17, at Wappapello Cotrell Funeral Chapel with visitation following until 8 p.m. The funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the Wappapello Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Gilbert officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at 1:45 p.m. Friday at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, in St. Louis, Mo..
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