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Raymond Charles Crawford Sr.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Glendive, MT 59330
| Raymond Charles Crawford Sr., age 85, of Orange Park, Florida, formerly of Glendive, Montana, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at the Glendive Medical Center.
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 16, 2007 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glendive with Father Joseph Ponessa officiating. Rite of Committal with Military Honors will be in the Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive is entrusted with arrangements.
Raymond was born on January 9, 1922 in Fairview, North Dakota the son of Charles Albert and Lottie Mae (France) Crawford. He was raised and educated in Glendive. Ray entered the United States Army on October 3, 1942 and served honorably during World War II where he was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart with an oak leaf cluster for gallantry in action. He was honorably discharged on September 2, 1945. Ray married Mary Agnes Roque in September of 1945. To this union, eight children were born: Eugene, Clel, Diana, Patty, Ray, Mike, Bruce and Broderick. They resided in Glendive until 1955 when they moved to Glasgow. Ray married Thelma Kampf on January 21, 1966 in Havre. They resided in Havre until Thelma passed away in 2005 and Ray spent four months with his son, Mike until moving to Orange Park, Florida to be with his daughter, Diana.
Ray enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards - especially Pitch.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 39 years, Thelma; sons, Eugene and Broderick; five sisters, Margaret, Blanche Olivera, Carol, Bernice Rathbun and Virginia Reinholz; three brothers, Leslie, Howard and Glen.
Survivors include his children, Clel Crawford of Glasgow, Montana, Diana DaSilva of Orange Park, Florida and Patty Becker and her husband Ken of Cochrane, Wisconsin, Raymond Crawford Jr. and his wife Linda and Mike Crawford and his wife Rhonda, all of Great Falls, Montana and Bruce Crawford of Missoula; stepchildren, Larry, Linda, Judy, Kenny, Duck and Bobby; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Crawford of Glendive; his sister, Opal Latka of Glendive; brothers, Joe Crawford of Wyoming and Al Crawford of California; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.