Charles W. Crawford

Charles W. Crawford, 84, of Fort Wayne, and having local relatives, died Dec. 14, 2008 at his home.

Mr. Crawford retired as a Class A pipefitter with NIPSCO in 1983 after 37 years of service. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, the Roanoke Lions Club and the NIPSCO Employees Club.

He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Fort Wayne, to August and Hazel A. Smith Crawford. He married Rosa A. Eastes, who preceded him in death.

Survivors include three sons, David Crawford and Jeff Crawford, both of Fort Wayne, and Charles Crawford, of Huntington; a daughter, Kathy Smith, of Yoder; a sister Lucy Munger, of Orland; a brother, Gail Crawford, of Pompano Beach, FL; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Dec. 18, 2008, at at Bethany Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, with Rev. C.D. Trouten officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Preferred memorials are to the Bethany Lutheran Church General Fund or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, both in care of Klaehn Fahl and Melton Funeral Home, 6424 Winchester Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46819.