Frederick William Crismon

WILLIAM, FREDERICK CRISMON, 73, died Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at his home.

Born July 10, 1936 in Booneville MO, he was the son of the late Leo Taylor and Viola Crismon. A long-time resident of Louisville, Fred was an alumnus of Atherton High School and Baylor University. His 25-year career in the US Army included tours of duty to Turkey, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Italy. His all consuming passion in life was automotive history and he was the author of 6 books, including US Military Wheeled Vehicles; International Trucks: 100 Years; and 150 Years in Louisville Fire Department: 100 Years of Motorized Equipment. His other major interest was pedestrian rights and safety and he was active in a number of local organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judith; and children, Sharon Rey-Barreau (Joe), Sandra Crismon and David Crismon (Susan). He will also be missed by his sister, Leola Jo Waller (Bill); and his grandchildren, Taylor, Rowan, Nicholas, Ben, and Alex.

A celebration of Fred's life will be held with details to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportaion (CART). Fred was the newly elected vice-president of CART. A community service organization promoting alternative transportation. CART, Inc., P.O. Box 6115, Louisville KY 40206 of www.cartky.org

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 11, 2009