Donald E. Crowell, 83, of Morenci, Mich., died May 14, 2019, at Tipton Hills Adult Foster Care in Adrian, Mich.
He was born Oct. 27, 1935, in Metamora, Ohio, to the late Elmer and Lelah (Myers) Crowell.
Don attended Lyons School and was inducted into the Ohio Conference of Plasterers and Cement Masons Local #886 on Feb. 2, 1962, where he became a life member for more than 50 years. He worked as farmhand in his younger years and eventually made a life career in road construction. He initially started on the bridge crew with S.E. Johnson and then worked as a cement finisher for Pierce Construction, retiring in 1993, with more than 36 years of service in the road construction industry. Don fondly described Richard “Dick” Pierce as “like a dad to me.” He was an instrumental part of the road crew in building the main roadways in the Toledo, Ohio, area, including I-475, I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike. One of his most memorable projects was the $62.5 million Ten Mile Creek sewer project in Toledo where he worked 50 feet underground, resembling a New York subway which was referred to as “A Subterranean City.”
His hobbies included antiques, gardening, classic cars, home renovations and in his later years he enjoyed watching a local Amish farm, remembering a simple way of life. His life’s philosophy can be reflected in a famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard.”
Don is survived by four children, Tamara (and Brad) Moes of Lincolnton, Ga., Donald (and Lynn) Crowell of Cement City, Mich., Lisa (and Tim) Brasher of Hudson, Mich., and Jack Crowell of Morenci; seven grandchildren, Justin, Carson, Emilie, Chelsea, Casey, Jasmine and Wyatt; three step-grandchildren, Chad, Karen and Reid; five great-granddaughters, Heidi, Matilda, Madelynn, Jacie and Madelyn; one sister, Lu (and Louis) Simmons of Wauseon, Ohio; and a brother, Ron Crowell of Berkey, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Alice Matheny; and five brothers, Charles, Floyd, Kenneth, Harold and Jimmie Crowell.
At Don’s request, private graveside services will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Local arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.