He was born Aug. 20, 1947, to Charles A. and Georgia E. (Meek) Crabbs in New London, and was a lifelong area resident. Carl graduated from New London High School in 1965 and volunteered to serve his country in the United States Army where he was in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. During his service Carl also traveled to Japan and Korea and earned two Purple Heart Medals.
After returning from Vietnam, Carl worked for Hubbard Construction and the State Liquor store, both in Norwalk. He worked for Nickles Bakery in New London and Sandusky retiring in 2008 from the bakery in Lorain after 27 years of employment. Carl was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2743, Norwalk, and American Legion Post 54, in Monroeville, as well as an active member of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) 62, Norwalk.
Carl was first and foremost a family man and his family always came first. He loved to watch his grandchildren play football and spend time with them. Carl’s friends were also very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with them, especially playing poker. Those who knew Carl knew his amazing sense of humor and quick wit, and he would always have the last word.
Carl is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sara A. Crabbs of Norwalk; children, Tim E. (Teresia) Crabbs of Collins, Heather D. (Kenneth) Fraelich of Wakeman, and Brandon L. (Erik Mayer) of Columbus; grandchildren, Alexander Foster, Thane Crabbs, Eric Crabbs, Camden Crabbs, Quincey Crabbs, Brexton Fraelich, Georgia Crabbs, and Korissa Fraelich. He was also looking forward meeting baby Payslee Foster, who is expected to make her arrival next month. Carl is also survived by his siblings, Edgar (Linda) Crabbs of New London, Jim (Anne) Crabbs of Columbus, Marcia (Denny) Edwards of Nova, Susan (Harold) Paramore of Nova, and Doris (Dean) Divins of New London; brother-in-law, Fred Gainey; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved pets.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles Crabbs, and Jane Gainey; and nephew, Jeffrey Edwards in infancy.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Walker-Eastman-Heydinger Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in Woodlawn Cemetery, 200 Woodlawn Ave., Norwalk.
Memorials may be made to the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) 62, 87 Woodlawn Ave. Norwalk, OH 44857, or Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be made by going to walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.