Walter C. "Stormy" Crawford Jr.
1945 - 2015
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Crawford, Walter C. Stormy Jr. 70 fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church on July 17 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Founder and Executive Director of the World Bird Sanctuary, a Vietnam Army Veteran, a member of the VFW, the American Legion, Explorers Club, Founder & Vice-President of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, Past President of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, appointed Curator of Ornithology & Avian Research at Guyana Zoo in Georgetown, and recipient of numerous awards for his conservation and wildlife rehabilitation efforts. He was born Saturday, February 03, 1945 in St. Louis, MO to the late Walter and Lucille (Jokerst) Crawford. Dear Husband of Patricia (Curran) Crawford, loving Father of Brian (M.J.) Crawford and beloved Grandfather to Brendan, Maia, Grace, Brooke, and Brady. Services: Visitation will be at Basler Funeral Home in Ste. Genevieve on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 4 PM till 8 PM. Funeral mass at Church of Ste. Genevieve on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Walter Crawford Jr. Memorial Fund in care of The World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, MO 63088. Online condolences can be made at

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jul. 20, 2015.
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Basler Funeral Home
Funeral Mass
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Church of Ste. Genevieve
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July 27, 2015
The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Troop and Pack 335 at Mary Queen of Peace have been wonderfully educated and entertained by Mr. Crawford and his wonderful staff from World Bird Sanctuary. Thank you for sharing your time and special interest through the years. We will miss him.
July 24, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Stormy's loved ones; especially to Pat, married last march! Have been praying for her support "hard" since the last Crohops get-together. Am praying even harder now.
Anne & Don Kohlman
July 23, 2015
Very sad day today. I was privileged to be friends with Kathy, this is how I knew of the WBS. I became fascinated once I visited and learned from the volunteers and workers. I heard stories about Mr Crawford. What an amazing adventure he has had. My condolences to the family, he will truly be be missed. I am glad I got to meet him only for a minute. His journey will continue thru all that care...
July 21, 2015
Definitely a one of a kind personality. A good person that will be missed. May his family find comfort in our Catholic Faith. Best wishes to all.
Charlie McCann
July 21, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 20, 2015
God Speed.....we know you are in heaven flying with eagles..
deborah lore
July 20, 2015
The AMERICAN LEGION Stockham Memorial Post honors the memory of WALTER "Stormy" CRAWFORD, conservationist and Legionnaire "extraordinaire."

We were honored to have Stormy speak at one of our recent meetings--and his enthusiasm, dedication and patriotism were treasured by all in attendance that day.

May "Stormy" Rest in Peace, and may all of you be consoled when reflecting on his remarkable life and career.

The Bereavement Committee of the
Fred W. Stockham Post
Downtown St. Louis
July 20, 2015
Walter and family, I have always had great respect for you. Walter always showed great respect for me and all Missouri Falconers. Walter will be missed by all of us.
Tom Schultz
July 20, 2015
Praying comfort and peace to the family of Walt Crawford. He was an amazing man who has left an huge impact on all of us - not only in the St. Louis area, but all over the world!
God Bless you all.
Jill Hinchey
July 20, 2015
Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Crawford family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time
July 20, 2015
Walt Crawford, forever bringing smiles to all.
What a true gentleman and hero. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Crawford at the St. Louis grass-roots "Welcome Home" parade, in January 2012. His enthusiasm was contagious, and his respect for our Veterans was immeasurable. God bless you Walt. You will not be forgotten!
Ben & Lauramay Wocken
July 20, 2015
My thoughts go to Walt's family, loved ones, and all of those whom he touched . I went to high school with his son, and college with his nephew. I have always been inspired by his commitment to conservation and the biology. Rest in peace.
John Vandover
July 20, 2015
Walt..Soar with your EAGLE....You will truly be missed...
Chris Benack
July 20, 2015
Forever to be admired, loved and missed..heartfelt sympathy to family and WBS..continue his passion as he will be looking on ..ECS
July 20, 2015
R.I.P....God got a GREAT MAN
Christine Karsznia
July 20, 2015
Prayers and lotsa love to Family and WBS employees interns and volunteers..... THE LEGACY will go on!! We all suffer the loss of a LEGEND AND TRUE FRIEND I know his dream continues with big big shoes to fill but we will do our best to keep it going. If we don't we will be haunted by every Falcon Hawk Eagle Owl Raptor....which one are you Walt!! R.I.P ......Walt is a LEGEND AROUND THE WORLD AND BEST TEACHER I HAD!!
Chris Karsznia
July 20, 2015
Having known Stormy almost from Day 1, we'll miss his cheerful personality. What a blessing he has been to the world! Fly with the eagles, mate, and rest peacefully.
Vallé & Glenn Duncan
July 20, 2015
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