Jerry W. Crawford, 73 of Sloan

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Jerry W. Crawford, 73 of Sloan died Friday, June 27, 2014, surrounded by his family at Pleasant View Care Center in Whiting.


Services will be held 7 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Waterbury Funeral Service in Sergeant Bluff with the Rev. Kody Killian officiating. The family will have a private burial at Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Visitation Tuesday 5-8 pm at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to


Jerry Walter Crawford was born on December 9, 1940 in Sioux City, the son of Jacob and Leona (Harrington) Crawford. Jerry graduated in January of 1959 from Central High School. On April 20, 1963 Jerry was united in marriage to Joan Bechler in Sioux City. They had a very special love. Jerry would often say their marriage was “made in Heaven”.


Jerry started working for Mid-America Energy in 1959 as an Apprentice Lineman and retired in 1996 as the local manager of Mid-America Energy office in Sloan. Jerry was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.


Jerry had a cabin near Vermillion on the Missouri River where the family spent many weekends fishing. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling. Jerry’s favorite trip was during 2011, when he and Joan took a cruise to Alaska with their friends the Bollmeyers. His greatest joy was being with his family, especially his grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the Smith-Rhodes American Legion Post #295 of Sloan.


Jerry is survived by his wife Joan of Sloan; two sons, Jim Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska and Steve Crawford and his wife Carla of Sloan; two daughters, Cathy and her husband John Crowl of Lawton, and Kristin and her husband Jeremy Burbank of Sloan; eight grandchildren, Caitlin, Emily, Jacob, Jaslyn, Megan, Abby, Katie and Matthew; and one sister, Mary Ryan.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Memorials may be made in Jerry’s name to Hospice of Siouxland.


Please remember Jerry with laughter and a smile!

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