Russell “Bull” Crawford

Rubin Russell “Bull” Crawford, 96 of Excelsior Springs, passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at Valley Manor.
Mr. Crawford was born Nov. 4, 1911 in Clay County, the son of Pearl and Janette (Barr) Crawford. He was first married in 1952 to Velma Fowler and she preceded him in death in 1988. On Aug. 14, 1989 he married Anna Marie Barnes who survives.
Bull was a life-long resident of Excelsior Springs. He attended the Washington School. He worked on the pipeline in Kansas City as a heavy equipment operator and worked several years in construction. He also owned a grocery store, the Oak Hotel Restaurant and in later years, owned and operated the Palace Bar before retiring. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy.
Mr. Crawford was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Elks Lodge, the Vets Club, VFW, Life Member and Past Commander of the American Legion, honorary member of the Deputy Sheriff’s Department in Liberty and the Clay-Ray Field Dog Club. His hobbies included golf, fishing, hunting and woodworking.
Additional survivors include: one daughter, Barbara Inman of Rogers, Ark.; five grandchildren, Mark Crawford, Rusty Crawford, Stuart Inman, Lisa Hixon and Pam Inman; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Wanda Elliott and Sara Gillihan.
His parents, his first wife, Velma, one son, William Ellis Crawford, two step-daughters, Billie Thompson and Darlene Durbin, one step-son Johnny Houghton, three brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, after 2:30 p.m. at the Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. and an Elk’s Lodge service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007 at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial, with military rites, will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs.

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