Posted: Monday, September 20, 2010 12:18 pm
The Messenger, September 20, 2010
Wendell Crews, 77, of Carbondale, Ill., a former resident of this area and the father of Dr. Steven Crews of Union City, died at 4:20 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Gir-ardeau, Mo.
Services were set for 11 a.m. today at Crain Pleasant Grove-Murdale Funeral Home in Anna, Ill., with the Rev. Bob Sabo and Dr. Stephen Combs officiating. Interment was to follow there in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.
The family requests that memorials be made to Humane Society of Southern Illinois, 95 Humane Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966. Memorials will also be accepted at the funeral home.
He was born on July 22, 1933, in Carbondale, son of the late Denver and Ada (Addison) Crews. He married the former Pru Menzies Aug. 28, 1964. She survives.
He served his country honorably for four years in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Illinois Central Railroad as a signalman for 12 years.
He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and received his bachelor of arts degree in Wildlife Management and worked on his master’s degree in Canada geese.
He was employed as site manager in Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Paris and at BlackWater Wildlife Refuge on the Maryland eastern shore. From 1972-87 he worked as the refuge manager of Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee. He retired from Crab Orchard NWR in 1992.
He liked to hunt and fish and enjoyed all shooting sports. He played the guitar and banjo and enjoyed heritage music.
He is survived by his daughter, Kim Malone of Martin; his daughter-in-law, Lisa Crews of Union City; three grandchildren, Dustin Malone, Leah Crews and Shelby Crews; and several other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Karlyn Crews.
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