John Harold Crowley, formerly of Estes Park, passed away on Jan. 22, 2013 in Mesa, Ariz. Harold was born June 7, 1920 in Lawson, Mo., the son of the late W.C. (Charlie) Crowley and Effie (Melton) Crowley.|
He served for four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the battleship, USS South Dakota. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He married Peggy J. Hackleman of Torrington, Wyo., on Sept. 7, 1947. They operated The Mustang Cafe for years before moving to Casper, Wyo. There, he and his brother Joe operated the Green Derby Cafe. Then, in 1958, Harold and his family moved to Estes Park.
Harold, his wife, and brother Joe, owned and operated several businesses in Estes Park, including the Dinner Bell Restaurant on West Elkhorn and the Round-Up Grocery and Delicatessen on East Elkhorn Avenue. He was a longtime member of the Estes Park Chamber of Commerce, serving on the board of directors in the early '60s.
With partner W.S. (Mac) McNeil, Harold shared a travel trailer and camper manufacturing business. Located in the industrial area above Elm Road, 'Tele-Space Trailers" was their attempt in the 1960s at building one of the industry's first expanding trailers. Harold and his brother Joe then operated Crowley's Restaurant (where Ed's Cantina is now) while he and his wife ran Peg's Drive-in across the street. In the 1980s, the restaurant location was moved and became Crowley's High Country Restaurant on Highway 34 next to Lake Estes, where the business thrived, specializing in homemade pastries. During busy summer months, he and family members made more than 65 pies per day.
Harold was preceded in death by four sisters, Hazel Trout and Leta McCullough, both of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Erma Crowley of Estes Park and Blanche Vermillion of Mesa, Ariz.; brother Joe Crowley of Mesa also preceded him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Peggy, of Mesa; a daughter, Joyce Crowley of Longmont; a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Cathy Crowley of Estes Park; a sister Jean Collins of Round Rock, Texas, along with several nieces and nephews.
A private family viewing was followed by entombment at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Mar. 6, 2013