William Raymond Crooks

August 04, 1893 ‒ February 15, 2003

Mount Vernon, Ohio

William Raymond Crooks, age 109, of Mount Vernon, died Saturday February 15, 2003 at the Country Club Care Center in Mount Vernon. He was born August 4, 1893 in Henry County, Missouri to Harvey A. and Anna May (Paxton) Crooks. Crooks graduated from the University of Missouri in 1923.

A World War One Army veteran Mr. Crooks was the world’s oldest military aviator having received his silver wings in October 1918. He was inducted in 2001 as a founding member of the Frank P. Lahm Flight 9 of the order of Daedalians, a fraternity of military pilots, at a ceremony held at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.

He was retired from Cooper-Bessemer in Mount Vernon where he was Chief Engineer of the Development Division at the time of his retirement.

Other memberships include the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4027 both of Mount Vernon. Mr. Crooks also served as an acting Secretary for the National Academy of Science in Washington D.C. for three years.

He is survived by his daughter Mrs. Carmen Rothchild of Mt. Vernon, a son Don A. Crooks of Fredericksburg, Texas, two grandchildren, three step grandchildren, three great grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, four step great-great grandchildren, and a sister Anna May Coulter of Clinton, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline (Jeans) Crooks (1980), two brothers, Harry Crooks and Noel Crooks.

Friends may call Sunday from Noon to 2 PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon where funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday with Dave Pearson officiating. The Frank P. Lahm Flight 9 of the Order of Daedalians will provide military honors. Burial will be in Odessa Missouri.

Memorial contributions can be made to: William Raymond Crooks Memorial Fund established at the Knox County Career Center, Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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