FORT WAYNE — Alva W. Crabill, 82, formerly of rural Butler, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at The Hearth at Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne.
He was born September 19, 1931, in St. Joe to Alva W and Hulda (Duchow) Crabill.
He was a 1950 graduate of St. Joe High School and was a U.S. Army
veteran of the Korean War
. He served in a special unit, Army with the Air Force, SCARWAF.
Alva worked at the Auburn Foundry for 36 years before retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Garrett and American Legion Post 97 of Auburn. He was a former member of the Skirts and Shirts Square Dance Club and FMCA Association.
He loved traveling in his RV with his wife Bonnie and wintering in Texas.
He was recognized by the Fair Association as being the only person they know that had attended every single DeKalb County Fair. His mother had taken him to the very first fair as a baby and he attended every one since, until last year.
He married Bonnie Kees on July 5, 1952, at the First Church of Christ in Garrett and she survives in Fort Wayne.
Also surviving are three daughters and a son, Sally (Steve) Hoeppner of Berne, Penny (Mark) Newlin of Tell City, Jeri (Greg) Hippensteel of South Whitley and Doug (Cheryl) Crabill of West Lafayette; 11 grandchildren, Shannon (Nick) Scheumann, Stuart (Caramee) Crabill, Lee (Rachel) Hoeppner, Scott Hoeppner, Megan (Darrin) James, Tyrel Newlin, Kate Hippensteel, Laura Hippensteel, Rachel Hippensteel, Matthew Crabill, Michael Crabill; and 5 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Terry Crabill; three half sisters; and a half brother.
Services are at 1 p.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the King Street First Church of Christ in Garrett, with Brother Bud Owen officiating. Burial is in Roselawn Cemetery, Auburn.
Calling is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center St., Auburn, Ind., and also one hour prior to the service at the church Friday from noon to 1 p.m.
In honor of a friend of Alva and Bonnie, the family asks that any memorial donations be given to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
To send condolences visit www.fellerandclark.com