Robert Zene Crowe January 6, 1941 - March 26, 2009 MT. ANGEL - Robert Zene Crowe of Mt. Angel died suddenly and unexpectedly of respiratory arrest last Thursday evening, 26 March 2009. Born on 6 January 1941 in Albany, Oregon to Ruth Crowe née Drummond and Zenas William Crowe, Bob married Maryanne Kloft Woodley of Mt. Angel on 14 December 1966. They made their home in Tokyo, Japan and returned to the United States, settling in Mt. Angel from 1969. Bob very rarely spoke of himself, but in his life he did a little bit of everything. From his service in the Air Force on Miykojima during the early days of Vietnam to his studies at Tokyo's Sofia University and time as a Japanese television personality to serving as a sixth grade teacher and Principal of an elementary school in Oregon to his time as a long-haul trucker and Greyhound bus driver to the innumerable small kindnesses he showed the tenants of his apartment building, he was never false and never a hypocrite. He cared nothing for the opinion of the Crowd and always looked for an opportunity to celebrate the small victories of the Ordinary Man over the never-resting forces of Ignorance and Bureaucracy, against which he was an inimical foe. He loved his family and friends in his own inimitable, idiosyncratic way, and his last years were a time of contentment for him. Robert Zene Crowe was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Ann Scharbach, of Salem and his beloved son, John Robert Woodley, of Mt. Angel. He is survived by his unestranged former wife, Maryanne Catherine Crowe, of Mt. Angel; his son, Todd William Woodley, of Silverton; his daughter, Anita Marie Bradford, of Tigard; his son, Daniel Zene Crowe, of Stuttgart, Germany; his brother, Richard William Crowe, of Salem; his sister, Emilie Jean Weathers, of Gervais; and twelve grandchildren who adored him and whom he adored. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Mt. Angel, preceded by a rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 6 at the Unger Funeral Chapel in Mt. Angel. He will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Mt. Angel. In lieu of flowers, please send a small donation to Disabled Veterans of America (http://www.dav.org/donate/Default.aspx). The VA cared for him surprisingly well in the last years of his life.
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Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 6, 2009