1921 - October 14, 2007
Crawford H. Wood, 85, of Freemont, Neb., died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007 at Fremont Area Medical Center. He had not been well for several years and became a resident of the AJ Merick Manor in Fremont, Neb.
Crawford was born Dec. 10, 1921 in Moffat County to Ira and Harriett (Cobb) Wood. He grew up on the Little Snake River and always called the area his home. Crawford had a phenomenal memory and was noted for his ability to recall the most insignificant details or most important events about his children and early-adult life on the Little Snake River. Those who knew him best applauded his ability to listen and his willingness to share his knowledge and experiences. It was always a "hoot" to listen to some of the stories he would tell about his brother, sister and cousins about their antics on Putt Creek.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from Aug. 25, 1942 to Oct. 26, 1943. He worked at various occupations after the war, but his greatest success was as a self-employed semi-truck driver. He traveled all across the West and Midwest for many years delivering trailer homes. He enjoyed the traveling and whenever possible tried to ensure he made it to Snake River.
Crawford married Lorraine E. McKenzie in November 1946 in Rawlins, Wyo. He was a longtime Fremont resident but would return to the Little Snake River to visit his family and to hunt and fish as well as reminisce. He always enjoyed any opportunity to visit with his sister, Mary, wherever she was located: Nevada, Virginia or Washington.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and a sister, Mary E. Kenney, of Winthrop, Washington. He has one niece, Missy Smith, and four nephews, Blaine and Pete Wood, and Kim and Lowell Kenney.
Crawford has several great nieces and a great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harriett and Ira Wood, and his brother, Albert. Crawford's remains will be interred during the summer of 2008 at the Reader Cemetery in Savory, Wyo.