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Bobby Ray Crawley

November 10, 1937 January 14, 2020
Bobby Ray Crawley
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Obituary for Bobby Ray Crawley

Bobby Crawley Sr, was born November 10, 1937, to Chester and Lavonna Crawley, in Guthrie Center (Beaver Township), Iowa. Where he attended school until his junior year when he quit school to help his dad on the farm and join the National Guard.

Bobby married Phyllis and to this union, five children were born; Bobby Sr, Jimmy, Carol, Tammy, and Danny. After their divorce, he was then married to his second wife Ruby Jensen and had one daughter, Tonya. They lived on the family farm south of Guthrie and he had eight stepchildren from the marriage. 

He worked multiple jobs doing farm work, driving a semi-truck hauling cattle and grain for Bascom Trucking, to working at the Stuart sale barn selling cattle, horses, and exotic birds for Bill Gomez. 

During his downtime, he raised coon dogs and trained them to hunt. He loved sitting on the riverbank fishing with his uncle Rex Burns catching fish and enjoying a few cold ones. Bobby also enjoyed breaking in multiple horses. After reaching the age to slow down he spent his time taking care of all of his animals he raised at home. Which included multiple horses, Birds, and even Buffalo at one time. 

After his divorce from Ruby, he then married Janice and remained at the family farm until their divorce. He remained living on the family farm until his passing on January 14, 2020, at the age of 82, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa due to multiple health issues.

Bobby is preceded in death by his parents; Chester (Lavonna) Crawley, brothers Danny and Jack Crawley, sisters Peggy and Ruby, son Bobby Crawley Junior, nephew Shelley Hays, and ex-wife Ruby Crawley. 

He is survived by one brother; Clarence (Connie) Crawley from Minnesota, five sisters; Pat (Howey) Hockenberry from Guthrie Center, Iowa.  Ruth (Curtis) Crawley from Jefferson, Iowa, Mag Foy of Panora, Linda (Rex) Kinsley from Huron, Nebraska, and Deb (Alan) Wetzel from Atlantic, Iowa. His children; Jimmy Crawley from Tucson, Arizona, Carol Smith from Palacka, Florida, Tammy Crawley of Fremont, Nebraska, Danny (Molly) Crawley of Fremont, Nebraska, and Tanya (Tom) Anderson from Exira, Iowa. Grandchildren TJ, Tray, Tasha, Rebecca, Emily, Michelle, Melissa, Catherine, Chase, Christiana, Johnathan, Amber, Steven, Kayla, and Cameron. He has six stepchildren; Kathy, Karen, Sharon, Junior, Sandy and Russell Coe of Guthrie center, and multiple-step grandkids, great-grandkids, nephews, and nieces.

He will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.

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Event Information

Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date to be determined

Memorial Contribution

Twigg Funeral Home

If sending a donation via mail please mail to: Twigg Funeral Home attn: Bobby Crawley Memorial Fund 506 Prairie Street Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115

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