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York James Crawford

August 29, 1955 — March 24, 2021

Johnston City-York James “Jim” Crawford, 65, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his wife, family and friends.

York was born on August 29, 1955 in Waukegan, IL to York Edward and Phyllis (Senne) Crawford.

After high school, York worked for the street department of Lake Forest, Cotter Paint Company in Crystal Lake and then became a computer quality control technician until he was disabled in 1985 due to an accident.

York moved to Marion in 1987.  He volunteered in the adult right to read program in the area.  York joined Zion United Church of Christ in Marion in 1991.  He volunteered in the Logos youth program there and sang in the choir.  York was an excellent and dedicated singer for several years.  He was also very blessed to attend, when possible, United Methodist Church in Johnston City.

York’s hobbies included fishing, art (drawing and painting), reading, and taking care of his beloved dogs and cats.  He married Eileen Coleman Herzog in August 1991 and they were married for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen; brothers, Edward, Jerome (Glenda) and Douglas (Julie) all of Lakeland, FL; sisters, Deborah (Warren) Lauer and Caroline Gardner of Lakeland, FL; sons, Vincent Crawford of McHenry, IL and James Devers of Lakeland, FL; daughter, Lorel (Don) Kannenberg of Woodstock, IL; grandson, Eric Kannenberg of Woodstock, IL and Travis Jerome Crawford of McHenry, IL; granddaughter, Crystal Kannenberg of Woodstock, IL.

He is also survived by his stepson, Bradley (DeAnna) Herzog of Marion; step grandchildren, Joseph Blake (Katy) Groves of Marion; Megan Groves of Marion and Katy (Evan) McCree of Marion; two step grandsons, Harrison Dean and Porter James Groves of Marion and a step great granddaughter, Evie Mae McCree as well as many friends and beloved pets.

York was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; son, Thomas Randall Crawford; step sister, Kathleen Pape; step brother, Walter Pape and many beloved pets.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor John Holst and Pastor Stephen Hudspath officiating.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4pm until the time of service at the funeral home.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, those attending the funeral service and visitation are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and the wearing of masks is encouraged.

It would be impossible to mention by name all the family members, friends, church family friends, Hospice of Southern Illinois nurses and personnel and others who have been such a blessing and support to us.  However, there are four special neighbors who have been so very helpful and such a blessing and we wish to list their names here: Mary Ann Garrison, Billy Smith, Tom Hubbs and Tony.

Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of York James Crawford, please visit our flower store.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Starts at 6:00 pm (Central time)

Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

1704 N Court St, Marion, IL 62959

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