Willis Crow

April 17, 1933-May 6, 2013

GARVIN – Services for Willis Crow, 80, of Garvin, was May 9 at American Lutheran Church in Windom. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso is handling the arrangements for the family

On Monday, May 6, 2013, Willis passed away at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by his family.

Willis F Crow was born on April 17, 1933, to William Crow and Lillian (Jeffers) Crow in Akron, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Akron, Iowa, and started his teaching career in a one room county school house. He later taught in Inwood, Iowa and Windom, Minn. He worked for the State of Minnesota Department of Education and he ended his career back in the classroom in Slayton teaching with the special education students he loved.

Willis was married in 1954 to Patricia Larson. That marriage was blessed with five children and was later dissolved.

Willis had many gifts and talents including singing, crocheting, baking, quilting and playing piano. He enjoyed going to concerts and old-time dances and especially loved watching the PBS TV show “Fun Time Polka” which he proudly sponsored for many years. He participated in many community plays and he sang in the barbershop chorus. He was given the first Windom’s Teacher of the Year Award. He was active in Jaycees, and the Cottonwood County Association for special needs children.

Willis was a member of the Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin where he played piano and led the chorus. He was very active in the quilting Guild, making quilts for many charities including the VA Home, the Boys Ranch and the Indian school in Chamberlain.

Survivors include his children; Gregory (and Lori) Crow of Windom, Eric (and Leah) Crow of Walker, Jean (and Ken) Fast of Windom, daughter-in-law, Pat Crow of Windom, Ann (and John) Hovdenes of Rapid City, S.D., and foster daughter Amy Jo Larson of 39 years; his brother, Jerry Crow of Sioux City, Iowa, his sister, Mert (and Ron) Marsh of south Sioux City, Neb., and special friend, Marlene Hartson of Tyler; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Frank Crow, Jack Crow, and Jim Crow, two sisters, Delores Meske and Betty Rzadecki, and one son, Bradley Crow.