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Russell E. Crawford

• Oct 29, 2015 at 11:34 AM

July 12, 1954 — May 10, 2007

NEW LONDON Russell E. Crawford, 52, of New London, died Thursday after a sudden illness.

He was born July 12, 1954 in Norwalk. He had lived most of his life in the Clarksfield and New London areas.

He was a 1973 graduate of New London High School. He had worked at Pentair Pump in Ashland since 1984. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of New London, where he was active as an Olympian leader working with grades 1 - 6, a trustee, usher, bus driver, grounds keeper and many other things. He was a former assistant Little League coach in New London. He loved NASCAR and especially driver Tony Stewart No. 20.

He is survived by his wife, Linda A. (Hall) Crawford, whom he married Feb. 22, 1974; a son and daughter-in-law, Andre' and Kristy Crawford of Killeen, Texas; a daughter, Jennifer Crawford of New London; two grandsons of Texas; his father, Harry B. Crawford, Sr. of Wakeman; brothers, Walter Crawford of Tiffin, Harry Crawford, Jr. of Wakeman, Ronnie Crawford of Amherst and Mike Crawford of Ashland; and sisters, Vickey Classen of Milan, Pam Reep of Port Clinton, Renee Sword and Ronda Wilson both of New London.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Crawford in 1994; and his grandmother, Mae Duffett.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. today until the 2 p.m. funeral service at the First Baptist Church, 432 Park Ave., New London. The Rev. Dan Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in Grove Street Cemetery, New London.

Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London are in charge of arrangements.