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Eddie Lorenzo Croft, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1914
Independence
Polk County
Oregon, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1989
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Maternal grandfather of fallen US Navy SEAL Tyrone Snowden Woods who died on September 12, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Tyrone's grandfather who entered the Army Air Force in August, 1942, was also a member of the Office of Strategic Services. As a radio/radar operator, he flew many missions out of the Marianna Islands, participating in the Pacific Theater campaign on bombing missions over Japan. The OSS Department lent him to the Navy, sending him to Havana, Cuba, where his team was a part of Project Javaman. The project was never used and remained classified for many years. Sgt. Croft received letters of commendation for his work in WWII from General Donovan and President Harry S. Truman, among others. He left military service in January of 1946 and returned home to Oregon and his wife whom he had met in Florida and married in August, 1945.

He was a wonderful son, husband, father, and grandfather who served as a role model for all. He was a "my word is my bond" type of man. For a blue collar "man's man," he was especially sentimental and thoughtful never forgetting special occasions or holidays. Having lived during the Depression years, he always made sure that his family was clothed, fed, and safe and his wife always received a poinsettia at Christmas and a white lily at Easter and perhaps even diamond earrings on her birthday. Intelligent but humble, his wise counsel was often sought by family members, as it was always objective and practical, even though it might not be what you wanted to hear. His main passion was electronics, mechanics,and repairing and building things with his hands. Because he was so talented in these areas, he was always called upon to help someone with a project for which he would not take any payment. Many family members and friends benefited from his vast knowledge and knack for repairing radios, televisions, and cars as well as his construction expertise. Eddie was always the "go-to" guy when assistance was needed, and he never turned anyone away. All those who knew him spoke highly of his kindness, intelligence, good heart, his wonderful sense of humor, and the many ways that he helped others.

His one great sadness was losing his beloved brother in WWII in the Second Battle of Kula Gulf. Seaman 1C Howard W. Croft, perished aboard the torpedoed USS Gwin on July 13, 1943, three days after his 25th birthday. Eddie had two other brothers who also fought in WWII, but "Howie" who was an artist, sometimes poet, comic, and admirer of beautiful women, was the one who did not return.

Lastly, he was a perfect grandfather to his only two grandchildren, Tyrone and Tiffany. They were never spoiled, simply loved and disciplined, and enjoyed many, many fun and happy times with their "papa." They always knew where to find the cookies or the Ding Dongs and that papa would serve them up.

Eddie Croft was the son, the husband, the father, the grandfather, and the friend any of us would want to have. He was a common man, but a great man, and he is missed so very much.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Bert Lorenzo Croft (1882 - 1955)
  May Martha Reeves Croft (1894 - 1969)
 
 Spouse:
  Flora Mae Kirkland Croft (1922 - 2001)
 
 Siblings:
  Eddie Lorenzo Croft (1914 - 1989)
  Howard W Croft (1918 - 1943)*
  Howard W Croft (1918 - 1943)*
 
*Calculated relationship

TSGT, US ARMY AIR FORCES
 
Burial:
Willamette National Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: D, 0, 1083
 
Maintained by: Cheryl Bennett
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 537618
Eddie Lorenzo Croft, Sr
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Eddie Lorenzo Croft, Sr
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Eddie Lorenzo Croft, Sr
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It has now been 28 years and I miss you and love you more than these pitiful words can express. Your intellect, compassion, values, and devotion to family were comparable to none. All that you taught me has been invaluable in my life but most of all, yo...(Read more)
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