Robert Crowell died on Monday, May 14th at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora. He was 76 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, May 18th, 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Visitation will be 2 hours prior to the service on Friday from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Robert Stanley Crowell, Sr. was born on December 3, 1930, one of nine children, to Mildred (Kavlie) and William Crowell in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended school through the 11th grade, when he pretended he was older so he could get a job on the Soo Line Railroad, where he worked for 42 years as a fireman and engineer. A few years later he met and, on May 16, 1950, married Josephine Duberstein. They had four children: Connie, Bob Jr., Daniel and Georgean. Their first house was a chicken coop in Golden Valley; but they soon moved up to a house on Maryland Avenue in Crystal with a hedge all around it, that Bob trimmed like a masterpiece. The family spent many great summers camping and fishing in a school bus that Bob had made into a camper. But when they camped at Knife Lake Resort they loved it so much they decided to buy it. In 1972 it became The Crow’s Nest. Bob and Jo and the kids made many many friends there. Bob lived and enjoyed life there, near the lake, until his death. He was a proud member of the Masonic Fraternity for more than thirty years.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Bill and sisters Helen and Irene. He is survived by his wife Jo; daughters Connie and husband David Coleman, and Georgean Crowell; sons Robert Jr. and Daniel Crowell; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother John Crowell; sisters Marian Miller, Charlotte Christian, Carol Smith and Nancy Lentz; and many special friends.