Orville A. Crawford

Commander USNR Ret.

Enumclaw, Washington

Pastor Orville Allen Crawford died March 23, 2010 in Enumclaw, WA. He was born and raised on the family farm in Howard, South Dakota. He was born on November 23, 1920 to Leo and Anna (Bergheim) Crawford. He attended college in Madison, South Dakota. Orv joined the Navy serving as a Chaplain during WWII and Korea. He retired from active duty and completed his service in the Reserves while serving as a Lutheran Pastor. He served churches in North Dakota before serving at Trinity Lutheran in Lynnwood, WA, Emanuel Lutheran in Bremerton, WA and Trinity Lutheran in Enumclaw, WA. He retired from formal ministry in 1980, but continued to serve area churches and people in many ways. He was an active member of VFW Post 1949 and a volunteer at Tahoma National Cemetery. He will be remembered for his apple cider and the phone calls he made to friends on their birthdays and anniversaries. He loved the Lord, his family, his friends, and fishing.

The family would like to thank Aaron and the staff at Franciscan Hospice for their wonderful care.

Orville was preceded by his wife, Mary (Corey) Crawford, in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Bernice (Hermanson) Crawford, of Enumclaw; son, Jerome Crawford, of Alaska; daughters, Judith Lehman (Dean), of Lynnwood, WA; and Janice Sutherlin (Richard), of Toledo, WA; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be made to VFW Post 1949, PO Box 14, Enumclaw, WA 98022 or Franciscan Hospice, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401

Commander Crawford was a LTJG aboard USS Skagit in 1945 during WWII, and was Chaplain of the USS Skagit Reunion Association.