William Warren Crowdus II William Warren Crowdus II, 78, of Madison, Virginia, a retired business executive and United States Marine, died on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The cause of death was complications caused by pancreatic cancer.
Bill was born and reared in Webster Groves, Missouri, the son of William Warren Crowdus and Virginia Garrett Crowdus. He was graduated from St. Louis Country Day School and in 1956 from Yale University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Bill served as a United States Marine Corps officer for two years on active duty, then as a reserve officer for eight more years, attaining the rank of Major. He and his family were proud of his Marine Corps service and recently attended a reunion of his Basic School Class at Quantico. He was an outstanding marksman and set the range record for pistol shooting at the Marine Corps range in Hawthorne, Nevada.
He spent his professional life in sales and marketing, retiring as senior vice president from the Eagle Ottawa Leather Company in Grand Haven, Michigan, the largest supplier of leather worldwide to the automotive industry. During his career, he traveled worldwide, dealing with automotive manufacturers and suppliers and making lifelong friends wherever he went. He and his wife Nannette retired in Madison in 1998. Bill loved to cook, grow tomatoes and enjoy fine wine with friends and family. He was a master griller and his barbecued pork shoulders are famous. He was a skilled woodworker and carpenter, and delighted in building beautifully crafted pieces for his children and grandchildren, from train sets to doll houses to cradles, not to mention wine cellars and wooden decks everywhere he lived.
Bill also loved Crystal Lake, Michigan, where he spent his summers as a boy and returned every year throughout his life. As a youth he acquired a rambunctious reputation there and to this day those who grew up with him remember him carousing on the back roads in his beloved Willys jeep. One of his greatest satisfactions in life was passing on his love for the lake and the woods to his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nannette; his sister, Susan Crowdus Heacock of Frankfort, Michigan; his son, William Warren Crowdus III and Barbara of Washington, D.C., and his daughter, Carol Barbour and Jeff of Wilton, Connecticut; in addition to three grandchildren, Katherine Alice Barbour, William Warren Crowdus IV and Elizabeth Louise Crowdus. A former member of the Madison Lions Club, Bill was a founding board member of Madison Troop Support, an organization that mails monthly packages to servicemen and women from Madison serving overseas.
The family asks that memorials be sent to Madison Troop Support, Syria, VA 22743; the Boys and Girls Club of Madison, P.O. Box 707, Charlottesville, VA 22901; or the Congregational Summer Assembly Scholarship Fund, 2128 Pilgrim Highway, Frankfort, MI 49635.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Piedmont Episcopal Church in Madison, Virginia.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.