Earl D. Crawford

Birth: August 1st, 1936
Death: July 9th, 2018
Age: 81 years

Earl D. “Birdie” Crawford died at Nottingham Place on July 9, 2018.  Born August 1, 1936 in Hoxie, Kansas, he was the youngest child of Earl B. and Nova (Scott) Crawford.  He was raised on a farm until 1950, when the family moved to Colorado, where he graduated from Crook High School in 1954. He married Barbara Reinhart in 1956.  Earl worked in the Colorado oil fields for ten years.  He then joined Farmers Insurance in 1964 as a casualty and life agent.  In 1967 he moved his family from Colorado to Michigan to further his insurance career.  He and Barb raised three daughters, and enjoyed traveling and bowling together until her death in 1999.


On Friday the thirteenth of October 2000, he married Carolyn Kay (Wilkinson) Marvin.   Always an avid golfer, Earl soon had clubs in Kay’s hands.  They spent time at Garland Resort, and at various timeshares golfing.  After retiring in 2008­, Earl volunteered for the Sanford Food Pantry, until 2017. 


He is survived by his wife, Kay, and his daughters:  Kim Birch (Trish Foerster), Lorie (Ken) Mault, and Tammy (Brian) Bremer, all of the Midland area; grandchildren: Trevor (Anna) Birch & great grandson, Kaleb, Deric Birch, Linden(Michael) Rogers and Kaitlin Mault and Sean and Kaylee Bremer; and a sister Donna Fortezzo.  He was predeceased by wife, Barb, two infant sons Mark and Gregg, his sister Gloria and his parents.


 In accordance with Earl’s wishes cremation has taken place.  Services will be held Thursday, July 19th 2:00 p.m. at the Sanford United Methodist Church, the Reverend Lisa Cook officiating.  The family will receive guests at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to the Sanford Food Pantry or the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are in the care of the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home. Personal messages of condolence maybe offered to the family at www.wilson-miller.com

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