Andy Crown, a longtime resident of Hood River, Ore., passed away Jan. 15, 2009, at his home, with his loving wife by his side.
A service to celebrate his life with fraternal rites by the Hood River Elks Lodge and military honors is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Anderson’s Tribute Center; a reception will follow at the Elks Lodge.
Andy was born May 13, 1936, in Academy, S.D., to Paul and Nellie (Rindels) Crown. He moved with his family at an early age from South Dakota to the Pacific Northwest and landed in Hood River.
It is in Hood River that he attended Coe Primary and graduated from Hood River High School in 1955. After high school he served our country proudly during the Korean War in the U.S. Army.
It was at Coe Primary in the same first-grade class that he met a little girl; Bonnie Kay Parker; and who would have known that they later would wed? Bonnie and Andy have spent the past 14 years together enjoying every minute of each other’s company.
Andy was, as his family shared and he would’ve approved, “a damn good brick mason,” working throughout the Gorge in general construction for many years. He was not only a great mason but also a gifted carpenter.
He has never laid down his hammer; but instead of building homes he has been keeping the area birds very happy with the many birdhouses and bird feeders that he has made for family and friends.
He was an active member of the Hood River Elks Lodge and a past exalted ruler. Andy was also a member of the Eagles, the American Legion and VFW.
Andy was always willing to donate his time and skills. He has many friends who will miss him dearly.
In addition to his friends, Andy is survived by his wife, Bonnie Kay Crown, at their Hood River home; children Sheri Crown, Tami (and Paul) Lee, Valori Green, Terry (and Jan) Crown, Jeff (and Dianne) Miles, Garry (Ellie) Miles, Eric DeHart, Mark (and Linda) Adams and Mike (and Claudette) Adams; sister, Lois Clarke; brothers Curt Crown and Loyd Crown; and many special grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially Madison, who has been his special joy for the last 11 years, his “little carpenter girl.”
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Seraphine, Bert, John and Bobby.
The family would like to suggest that any memorial contributions be made either to the Oregon Veterans Home or the Elks’ Casey Eye Institute and sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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