BERRYVILLE, Va. — Edward L. Crowe, 94, of Berryville, Va., died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at his home.
Born May 26, 1918, in Avilton, he was the son of the late Edward Loar and Emma Catherine (Wilhelm) Crowe. He was preceded in death by his wartime bride, Velda Patricia (Davies) Crowe of Ebbw Vale, South Wales; two brothers, Ellis Charles and Gilbert Sylvester Crowe; and two sisters, Faye Genevieve Garlitz and Mary Elaine Engle.
Mr. Crowe leaves behind two adoring children, Edwina Rae Crowe, Berryville and Graham Allen Crowe and wife Mary, Prattville, Ala.; five grandchildren, Christopher and Chad Crowe, Frankie Keedy and wife, GG, Trevor Keedy and wife, Jennifer, Alison (Keedy) Plummer and husband, Robert; six great-grandchildren, Christian and Addison Plummer, Aaron, Allie and Ami Cain and Amber Stubbs. Edward is also survived by his remaining brothers and sisters, Ida Morgan and Mable Horn, both of Baltimore; Betty Garlitz, Sheffield Lake, Ohio; Emma Walker, Frostburg; Glenn and Ronnie Crowe, both of Amherst, Ohio as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Edward was a U.S. Army veteran of World War Two and served two tours of duty from March 1941 until November 1948 in the 160th Station Hospital Unit, 8th Airborne Division, as a medic and hazardous ambulance driver receiving the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Ribbon, a Good Conduct Medal, the American Service Ribbon, World War 2 Victory Ribbon and the European Campaign Medal.
Ed or Eddie as he was known worked at the Celanese Plant near Cresaptown for 40 years. Ed helped to and supervised the production of cellulose acetate, fabrics and yarns for commercial and military applications. Ed was also a member of the AFL-CIO Local Union 1874, where he was instrumental in defending workers rights and was a leader in negotiating contracts for his fellow employees.
Ed was appointed as a trial magistrate of Garrett County by Governor J. Millard Tawes for four two year terms. Mr. Crowe was the youngest trial magistrate in Maryland at the time. Ed was elected to a four year term on the Democratic State Central Committee.
In keeping with his military background, Mr. Crowe was also active in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lonaconing, serving as commander of both organizations and for several years, assisting with returning veterans. Mr. Crowe also assisted the Lonaconing Ambulance Squad with calls when needed.
The family will receive friends at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 179 Miller St., Grantsville, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. A Catholic mass will take place at the St. Ann Mission Church, Avilton, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. (8043 Avilton-Lonaconing Road, Exit 24, Lower New Germany Road, drive 2 miles, the church is on the right). A luncheon will be held at the Avilton Community Center next to the church, following the mass. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.