Gary N. Crawford, Sr.

January 07, 1937 ‒ June 03, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  Gary N. Crawford, Sr., age 80, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at his Mansfield home following a sudden illness.

He was born January 7, 1937 in Mansfield, the son of Howard and Dorothy (Atkinson) Crawford. Right out of high school Gary served in the Army Reserves with just less than 10 years of service.

Gary worked as a truck driver for Milliron, Brandt Meat Co. and BFI for 11 years before his retirement in 2001. He went back to work as a bus driver for Richland County Transit where he was currently employed.

A lifelong area resident, Gary was a member of First Assembly and attended Journey Life Center.  He enjoyed bowling, often taking his family to Lex Lanes.  He loved sharing the sport with children and young adults and active in youth bowling leagues.  Gary also loved golf, but was passionate about playing cards.  Time with his friends and family almost always was spent around hands of euchre or canasta.  Make no mistake, the games were for fun, but Gary had a competitive edge and took his cards seriously.

He is survived by his children Paula Lue Blevins of Crestline, Cindy Johnson of Dublin, Sondra and Ted Williams of Columbus, Gary Jr. & Belinda Crawford of Vermilion, Robert and Jennifer Pittenger of Columbus, Pearl Eva Marie and Mark Saum of Crestline, and Bill Crawford of Mansfield; 16 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; his former wives Linda Crawford and Sandra Dean, along with nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Allen and Eleanor Crawford and sisters Norma Jean Riser and Joanne and Robert Flood.

Public services will not be observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

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  • I went to the same church as Gary “back in the day”. He was a good friend and a pleasure to know. My condolences to all family and friends.

  • Gary and family. Your father from what I remember was such a good man. He always greeted everyone when he walked in a room. He had a nice smile and was good to all of us. Although it’s been so many years I still remember that about him. Paula shared that he adopted her and treated her as his own. That action speaks louder than any words. It confirms what a stand up Man Gary was. May he rest in Peace. LU Always Uncle Gary.