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  Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, February 28, 1957

OBITUARY ~ RALPH CREW

Ralph Crew, 70, of Clearfield died at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Greater Community hospital in Creston. Funeral services were held Thursday in the Clearfield high school auditorium with Rev Ronald Graham officiating and burial in the Clearfield cemetery.

Active in civic affairs, he had been a member of the school board for many years, was a member of the Lions club, the Christian church and the Masonic lodge. He owned and operated a funeral home and furniture store in Clearfield since 1912.

Surviving are his wife, Marie; one son, Dr Morton Crew of Decatur, Ill.; two brothers, Ivan of Diagonal and Fred in Oregon, and a sister, Bessie in Oregon.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, December of 2011

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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday March 14, 1957

OBITUARY ~ JAMES RALPH CREW

Last rites were held for James Ralph Crew in the high school gym Thursday afternoon. The local ministers, Rev. Graham, Rev. Ball and Rev. Dailey officiated.

Son of James and Viola Crew, Ralph was born in Linn County Iowa, Aug. 11, 1886 and passed away at Greater Community hospital in Creston Feb. 25, 1957 at the age of 70 years.

He attended Clearfield school and graduated with the class of 1904. On July 25, 1912 he obtained a certificate of licensed embalmer from Hohensehuh - Carpenter Mortuary, Des Moines, June. 15, 19l5 he was married to Marie Grossmann. One son, Morton was born to this union. Ed Grossmann, a brother-in-law, came to live with them in 1919 and has been raised as one of the family. Ralph entered furniture and undertaking business in 1912 with his father, James and also worked closely with his brother, Ivan, of Diagonal.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Flossie. He leaves to mourn, his wife, Marie, son Morton and wife Helen, 3 granddaughters, Tana Jean, Vee Ann and Sally Marie, brother-in-law, D.r Ed B. Grossmann and wife Dorothy and children, Edward B and Deanna of Orange City, two brothers Ivan of Diagonal and Fred of Portland, Oreg., a sister, Bessie Barrans of Broadvent, Oregon and brother-in-law, Frank Ewalt of Clearfield, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Burial was in Clearfield cemetery.

Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014

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