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Theodore "Ted" Lester Crow

August 25, 1921 ~ March 8, 2020 (age 98)


In Memory of Theodore “Ted “ Crow

Theodore “Ted” L. Crow, age 98, of Cresco, Iowa passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa.

Due to current events family will be holding private services 

Theodore “Ted” Crow was the oldest of four children, Ted, Vera (Burkland), Charles Jr., and Evelyn (Hurst) born to Charles and Mathilda (Malota) Crow on August 25, 1921.  He graduated high school from Cresco High School and later married his sweetheart, Mildred (Hosek) on December 28, 1941 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Protivin, Iowa. They were the proud parents of ten children, two daughters and eight sons.

Mildred passed away in December of 1990 and about 18-years later, at a dance he met EdnaMae Fagner, of the Cresco area and they were married on May 30, 2009.

Ted and Mildred farmed just west of Protivin for about 25 years and then moved into Cresco, where they were members of the Notre Dame Catholic Church.  Ted was a man of many talents and skills, he farmed while working in the Howard County engineer’s office and surveying roads.  Later he sold insurance for about 25 years and was always willing to lend a hand wherever help was needed.  Ted believed and lived by the motto that if you were going to do something, then you better do it well.

He was a proud and active member of the Protivin Knights of Columbus, starting their first regular monthly newsletter, a member of Life Underwriters Association, earning his CLU designation, the KIWANIS club, and the Cresco Country Club.

Some of his many passions included flying his own airplane, golfing, building clocks, woodworking and building a train to give rides on for many of his 34-grandchildren and great grandchildren to enjoy.  Ted and Mildred loved to explore and traveled to many countries throughout the world.  He said “The Good Lord put the earth here for us to enjoy. Let’s go see it.”

Ted is survived by his children:  Edith Humpal of Calmar, IA, Theodore (Nancy) Crow of Johnston, IA, Gerald (Myra) Crow of Savage, MN, Richard (Cindy)Crow of Double Oak, TX, Kenneth (Sung) Crow of Fort Pierce, FL, Donald (Colleen) Crow of Peoria, IL, Cynthia (Dale) Carlton of Seattle, WA, Kevin (Colleen) Crow of Cresco, IA, John(Virgina) Crow of San Diego, CA and Ronald (Virginia) Crow of Bloomington MN, 34-Grand Children, 35-Great Grand Children, and 11-Great-Great Grand Children and his sister Evelyn Hurst.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mathilda Crow, wife Mildred Crow in 1990, sister Vera (Oden) Burkland, brother Charles “Junior” (Ivanelle) Crow, brother-in-law Frank (Evelyn) Hurst, daughter-in-law Linda (Richard) Crow, daughter-in-law Alicia (Kenneth) Crow, son-in-law Lester (Edith) Humpal, and wife EdnaMae Crow.

Ted will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

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