Crawford, Bob

Written by David Green.

Bob Crawford, 83, of Sand Creek, Mich., died Aug. 30, 2012, at his home.

He was born July 27, 1929, in Michigan City, Ind., the son of Dwight and Violet (Cover) Crawford.

Bob left rural Indiana after marrying the love of his life, Frances Lynn Parker, in 1950. Together they raised a family of four children while working hard to build a good life for their family. Bob thrived as an office equipment salesman; a job that played well to his open, friendly personality.

Moving his family from Elkhart, Ind., to Ypsilanti, Mich., in 1967, to seek a better education for his their special needs daughter, Bob again put his family first by changing careers at the age of 40. He  spent the next 20 years of his life at Ford Motor Company, sacrificing the freedom of his life as a salesman for the security of his family. After retiring from Ford Motor, Bob happily spent his final working years doing what he loved, serving as a salesman for Gene Butman Ford.

A selfless man, Bob’s generous spirit was spread to many. His home had many a “guest” helped along their way. His wallet opened for many a person “worse off” and more than one missionary was assisted by a portion of his paychecks.

To this day, many disabled people benefit from Bob and Frances’ efforts to change the public perception of the mentally challenged among us. Bob leaves those who knew him richer for his example in kindness and devotion. 

Bob is survived by his four children, David, John (and Susan), Kathy, and Julie; “adopted” son, John Lee; 10 grandchildren;  seven great-grand children; a brother, Larry (and Kay); a sister, Virginia; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, and his brother, William Crawford. 

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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