Robert Crawford

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Robert Wayne Crawford was born April 2, 1941, at Waterloo, the son of John Wayne and Mary Catherine Hagarty Crawford. The family lived near Waterloo, moved in 1946 to Floyd County and in 1954, moved to the family farm, southwest of Winthrop. After graduating from Winthrop High School with the class of 1959, Bob attended Loras College, and worked at Microswitch in Independence, before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1963. He served overseas in Italy and was honorably discharged in 1966. After returning, he attended Gates Business College in Waterloo, Iowa, and worked at Chamberlain Manufacturing in Waterloo, prior to his 27 year career with the U.S. Postal Service in Independence. After retirement, he became custodian for the Independence Post Office and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop.
At nearly 69 years of age, Robert entered into his eternal rest on Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, following a courageous battle with leukemia. Preceding him in death were his parents, Wayne and Catherine. Surviving him are his eleven brothers: John (Kathy), Dan (Ruth), Ron (Dianne), and Larry (Sarah), all of Independence; Russell of Exira, Iowa; Pete (Jolene) of Red Oak, Iowa; Kenny (Lila) of Vail, Iowa; Terry (Connie) of Denison; Mike (Page) and Steve (Audrey), both of Nevada, and Dennis (Renny) of Grinnell; five sisters: Mary (Mario) Compean of San Antonio, Texas; Jane (Bill) Falkers of Genoa, Wis.; Rose (Jeff) Grover and Margaret (Lyle) Hosch, both of Independence; and Patricia (Mike) Buscher of Mundelein, Ill.; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2010, in St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Winthrop. Friends may call at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop until 10:30 A.M. Wednesday. Condolences may be sent to the family at under obituaries. Visit our guestbook at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2010