Jerry C. Crawford Sr., 82, of Bowling Green passed away on Tuesday May 18, 2021. He was born March 14, 1939 in Bowling Green to the late Commander and Helen (Myers) Crawford. He married Rose Spilker on April 10, 1960.
Jerry graduated from Bowling Green High School. He then obtained his Bachelor of Education from BGSU.
Jerry worked 25 years as a firefighter for the Bowling Green Fire Department, retiring October 1, 1990. Jerry taught grade 6 at Ridge Elementary School. He also spent many years working as a substitute teacher in the schools of Bowling Green City.
He was a member of Wood County Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and Shrine, was a former member of Bowling Green Elks Lodge and attended Peace Lutheran Church in Bowling Green,
Jerry loved to collect classic cars and could often be seen at local auto shows. In his youth he was an avid golfer, talented bowler and carpenter. He also volunteered for several years as a beginner at Stone Ridge Golf Club in Bowling Green. Other hobbies were Indian baseball from Cleveland, with the National Tractor Pull Championships becoming a “staple” in the VIP suite where he volunteered for many years. He also enjoyed playing poker with his “poker buddies”.
Affectionately nicknamed “Pawpaw” “Grandpa” “Gramps” and “G-Pa”, nothing brought Jerry more joy than the time he spent with his grandchildren. He adored each of them as much as they adored him. He will be sorely missed but will be fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie of 61; his brother Dick Crawford; sisters Sandy (Tony) Aspacher and Sharon Drain; sister-in-law Arla Mae Crawford; her children Jerry (Kelly) Crawford, Jr., Beth (Bill) Ault and Kelly (Jeff) Williams; grandchildren Alyse Williams, Jeremy Ault, Zachary Crawford, Elayna Crawford; great-grandchildren Mikah, Jayden and Nichole; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Jack Crawford and his brother-in-law Skeeter Drain.
The public visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Dunn Funeral Home, located in the historic Bowling Green district at 408 West Wooster St. A The fire department will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. 45 hrs by Bowling Green Fire Division. Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Debbie Conklin will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green where the last call from a firefighter will be returned by the Bowling Green Fire Department. Face blankets are recommended for those attending services.
Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, the Wood County Humane Society, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or Peace Lutheran Church in Bowling Green.