Willis F. Crow, formerly of Akron, passed away at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by his family on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the American Lutheran Church in Windom, Minnesota with the Reverend Drake Snell and Reverend Ann Ward officiating. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family at www.sunsetfuneralassociation.com.
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 and started his teaching career in a one room country 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, Minn. 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 still 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.
Willis is survived by his children; Gregory (Lori) Crow of Windom, Eric (Leah) Crow of Walker, Minn., Jean (Ken) Fast of Windom, daughter-in-law Pat Crow of Windom, Ann (John) Hovdenes of Rapid City, SD, and foster-daughter Amy Jo Larson of 39 years; his brother, Jerry Crow of Sioux City, Iowa, his sister, Mert (Ron) Marsh of South Sioux City, Neb., and special friend, Marlene Hartson of Tyler, Minn.; 12 grandchildren and 9 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.