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Byron L. Crawford, known as Barney to family and friends, was born in Bouton, Iowa on March 7, 1922 to Fred and Emma Crawford. In November 1942 he joined the Army Air Force and was an engineer on the B24's. He received an honorable discharge in March of 1946. In 1945 he was united in marriage to Donna Phleger, and to that union two children were born, James Crawford and Rebecca (Carl) Raber.
Also left to mourn are two grandchildren, Michael and Chad Keltner; and two great grandchildren, Daniele and Chloe Keltner. He is also survived by special family friend, Robert Hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Eugene.
He was cremated and his children will bury his ashes at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa. Arrangements were handled by The Cremation Society of Iowa, 515-277-8700.
Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 10, 2011