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Russell S. Crawford
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1943
Saint James
Watonwan County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 2010
Deer River
Itasca County
Minnesota, USA

Russell S. Crawford Jr., M.D., 67, of Deer River, Minn., and formerly of Grand Forks, N.D., died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at the Deer River Health Care Center.

Russ was born March 29, 1943, in St. James, Minn., the son of Russell S. Sr. and Agnes (Hallameck) Crawford. Russ was raised in Grand Forks. He attended St. Michael's Grade School and graduated from St. James High School in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University in 1966. During summers in college, he worked as a brakeman on the Great Northern Railway in North Dakota. Following college graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served five years as a pilot during the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged as a captain from the Air Force in 1972.

Russ and Marcie Windler married in September 1968, in Sweeny, Texas. Marcie died in December 1971.

Upon leaving the Air Force, he returned to Grand Forks and enrolled at the University of North Dakota (UND) to complete a year of pre-med classes. He attended medical school at UND for two years before transferring to Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas), and graduated in 1977.

Russ completed his medical internship in Fresno, Calif., where he met Donna Skoegard Brannon. Russ and Donna married June 27, 1980, after he finished his residency in emergency medicine at Oregon Health Science University in Portland. He practiced emergency medicine in Portland for almost 20 years. Russ and Donna decided to move to the north woods of Minnesota in 1997, and he worked in emergency medicine at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing, Minn., for three years before retiring in 2000.

He enjoyed a wonderful retirement-spending his time reading, fishing, hunting, canoeing in the Boundary Waters, and geocaching. He was extremely proud of his 1,169 cache finds. He and Donna were known through the caching community as "Ole" and "Lena." Russ was a beloved and devoted father to Wes Brannon and Brooke Brannon Chapman, a loving grandfather to Jeffrey Brannon, and a favorite uncle to the Skoegard and Windler nieces and nephews.

Dr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Donna of Deer River; stepson, Wes (Catherine) Brannon of Albuquerque, N.M.; stepdaughter, Brooke (Bill) Chapman of Seattle; sister, Mary Ann Crawford of Grand Forks; his black lab, Chip; and his best friend of over 50 years, Nereus "Neri" L. Weighter of Bellingham, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 2 p.m., both in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks, N.D., with military honors performed by members of the American Legion Post 157, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817, and the Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Forest View Cemetery, Forest Grove. A memorial service in the Portland area is being planned for late October.

Memorials are requested to Friends of the Boundary Waters.

Published in The Oregonian
on September 21, 2010
Forest View Cemetery
Forest Grove
Washington County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Vita Brevis
Record added: Sep 28, 2010
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- Vita Brevis
 Added: Sep. 7, 2011
Ole, as I knew you as, were a great person and geocacher to hang around with. You will be missed and will forever remain in my memories. Rest in peace.
- Taconut7
 Added: Jul. 30, 2011

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