Today, May 13, 2020, Franklin Wayne Crawford has moved from the earthly tabernacle that has been his home for 72 plus years and taken up new residence in the Mansion prepared for him by his loving Savior and Lord. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him best: loving wife, Gloria Aline; daughters Rebecca (Michael) and Andrea (Chris); grandchildren, Hunter, Jaden and Kai; sister, Patti; niece, Cherish, nephew, Lee and many others who have been faithful friends to him throughout his life. He is finally free from the bondage of his unwanted companion, Parkinson’s disease, whose presence made itself know in his early adulthood. After suffering for more than 50 years with the disease, and becoming bedridden in February, he conceded defeat and died at home in his beloved “Man Cave” surrounded by his loving family.
A “good ole boy” from rural Louisiana, Frank loved his family, hunting and fishing. He was a graduate from Lakeside High School in Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. He spent most of his career in law enforcement. He was retired from the University Police Department in Monroe La where he worked for over 17 years. In 2004, he and his family left Louisiana to live in Missouri.
Frank found a part-time hobby flying RMC airplanes, spending all his free time building, working on, and flying his beloved planes.
His children and grandchildren were a source of pure delight and were his pride and joy. Frank was well loved and will be missed greatly on this earth.
The family extends thanks and appreciation to Dr. Casey Williams and all the staff at the Smiley Lane Clinic who loved and treated him the past years.
The family will have a memorial service at a later date in Louisiana where Frank spent most of his life.
Memorials are suggested to United Parkinson’s Foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation or Hospice Compassus.
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