Mr. John Harvey Crawford , 79, of White Cloud, Michigan was born April 17, 1941 and passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 of natural causes at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years , Sandra Crawford, in 1998. Surviving family members are his children, Kristine (Jim) Slusser of Easley, SC. Mark (Darla) Crawford of Coloma, MI. His Grandchildren, Joel (Chelsea) Slusser, Jared (Avery) Slusser, Josh Slusser, Jase Slusser all of SC, Shawn (Jessica) Crawford, Stefannie (Patrick) Whitlatch, Brittany (Liam) Lash of MI and 11 great-grandkids.
John H. Crawford was a wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather and bragged about his family to anyone that would listen. He was a Navy vet and loved his country. His career was in Education starting out teaching high school but retiring at the college level as he thought teaching 9th grade girls was like trying to herd cats. He was a teller of tales and jokes and played practical jokes on people that have been talked about for years. He could play a mean banjo and whistle any tune. Give him a piece of wood and he could carve a masterpiece or a sought after walking stick. He never met a stranger and a friend was a friend for life. He’d even pass out his homemade business cards and if you received one, you would know that he could leap tall buildings in a single bound.
We called him Dad, Pop, big Pop, Grandpa, Big Papa, JC, Not Ron and The Old Man. He enjoyed teasing the grandkids and would tell them, “Call me Uncle, people are listening! He taught his Children and Grandchildren to fish, hunt, tie flies, carve and shoot guns just to name a few. He enjoyed trading nickels with grandkids, making simple bets on the first or largest fish, or who would win the next ball game. If he lost, you were told that he wouldn’t be able to eat that week. He belonged to many gun clubs and could shoot a bullseye or explode an egg on any given day (except when he used the excuse of too much wind, of course). He had many words of advice for anyone that would listen, said that life was too short for bad coffee and in life you can choose to laugh or cry, and life is more fun when you laugh! The most important wisdom he parted was “Family and Friends come First” and he lived his daily life that way. He was a great Man and will be missed by many.
A private celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 28th. Memorial Donations in his name can be made to: Benefit4kids, 21660 23 Mile Road, Macomb, MI 48044 (B4K.org), or Twin Lake Gun Club, P.O. Box 91, Twin Lake, MI 49457 (twinlakegunclub.com). You can sign the online guest book at www.kroeze-wolffis.com. Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.