CECIL HOWARD CRAWFORD Cecil Howard Crawford, 93, of Wilmington died peacefully on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Davis Health Care. He was born on January 1, 1920 in Corona, New Mexico to the late James and Maggie Sloan Crawford, who were both ordained ministers in the Nazarene Church. Cecil is preceded in death by his three older brothers and one sister. Cecil is survived by his wife, of 70 years, Miriam Gregg Crawford; his daughter, Marsha Ann Coats and her husband, Senator Daniel Coats of Fort Wayne, Indiana; his son, Dr. Greg Crawford and his wife, Susan of Grabill, Indiana; five grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. Cecil, "Red", graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, where he excelled both academically and athletically. His love of sports continued throughout his life, playing golf and tennis well into his 80's. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His creativity and strong work ethic led to the founding of a variety of business enterprises beginning with Waukegan Quality Tool Works which merged with Beloit Tool to become Regal Beloit Corporation. He co-founded Ticketmaster in several southwestern states which was later sold and expanded internationally. His entrepreneurial spirit was only exceeded by his dedication to family, his Christian faith and his immense generosity to Christian institutions across the United States and around the world. Cec and his beloved "Mim" lived their latter years happily at Plantation Village, Porters Neck, North Carolina. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel. A reception will be held following the service at 3:00 pm at Plantation Village. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crawford Memorial Scholarship Fund, checks made to Church of the Nazarene Foundation, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66220. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com Andrews Market Street Chapel
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on June 7, 2013