|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1925|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 2009|
Robert Crawfordof Bremerton,
Sept. 1, 1925 to Jan. 9, 2009
Robert "Bob" Hayden Crawford, age 83, of Bremerton, Washington, died peacefully on January 9, 2009 after a sudden illness.
He was born on September 1, 1925 in Bremerton, the only child of Robert Thomas Crawford of Utah and Leora (Roper) Crawford of Washington. Bob graduated from Bremerton High School in 1942.
After studying for a year at the University of Washington, Bob enlisted in the Army in December, 1943 at the age of 18 and was assigned to the 16th Armored Division of the 216th Engineer Battalion. He served in Europe during WWII and was honorably discharged from the Army as a staff sergeant.
Bob's parents founded Crawford Motors in 1937 in Bremerton. It began as a Nash-Lafayette dealership, which became Rambler and then American Motors. Crawford Motors later also sold International Trucks and Plymouth automobiles. When he returned from the service, Bob worked at Crawford Motors until he closed the business in 1978. He met his first wife, Lorraine Manville of Poulsbo, on a blind date, and they married in 1947. Their twins, Gordon and Anita Crawford, were born in 1953. Bob and Lorraine divorced in 1957.
In 1949, Bob began building and driving hot-rod race cars with Model T bucket chassis. Crawford Motors sponsored the racing team, which by 1951 had three cars and several drivers, and raced at tracks all over the Northwest. Bob's #24 car was the state champion in 1951, and set two track records within three days in May 1951. Bob continued racing until 1959.
In 1964, Bob married Rosemary Neff. They moved to Silverdale and were married until her death in 1988. Bob was a lifelong member of the Elks Club. He enjoyed researching family genealogy, visiting with his family, and playing bingo with his friends.
Bob is survived by his daughter Anita Branch (David) of Port Orchard, son Gordon (Rebecca Herzfeld) of Seattle, stepchildren Linda A. Grace-Johnson (Steve) of Kingston, Betty Anderson (Steve) of Bremerton, Rodger Londerville of Tacoma, son-in-law Don Rogers (Sandi Voigt) of Bremerton, nine grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Claremont East Assisted Living Facility, 2707 Clare Avenue, Bremerton, WA, 98310. Remembrances may be made to the Central Kitsap Food Bank, PO Box 748, Silverdale, WA, 98383.
Bob's family would like to specially thank the staff of Claremont East for their care and support of Bob during the four years he lived there.
Created by: NWpioneer
Record added: Jun 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71168082
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