Forrest Harry (Fordy) Crawford, 86, a resident of Cogan Station, formerly of Montgomery and Williamsport, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at his residence. Born in Clinton Township, Lycoming County, Pa., on Friday, Jan. 29, 1926, he was the son of the late Harry Forrest and Deva E. (Weaver) Crawford.
He was the widower of Vaida G. (Overdorf) Crawford who preceded him in death on June 7, 2009. Her death broke a marital union of over 63 years.
Fordy was a graduate of the former Williamsport Technical Institute. He honorably served during World War II with the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Forrest retired in 1977 from the former Avco-Lycoming at Williamsport where he was very proud of being employed as an engine inspector.
He was a member of the East End Baptist Church at Williamsport. He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and was very proud of his great-grandson, Robert Prettyman who is serving with the U.S. Navy. Fordy enjoyed woodworking and repairing lawn mowers.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Connie Crawford (Bobby) Simpson, Cogan Station, Judy Crawford (Scott) Flook, Williamsport, Trudy Crawford (Michael) Zinck, South Williamsport; one son, Donald Akers, Mechanicsburg; one brother, Robert (Catherine) Crawford, Tunkhannock. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie Crawford; his daughter, Joy Crawford-Akers; two sisters, Florence Bastian, Gladys Margaret Crawford; and three brothers, Elmer Crawford, Warren Crawford and Charles Crawford.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted in the Green Lawn Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Military honors will be accorded by the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County. The family will provide the flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are being handled by the Galen R. Betzer Funeral Service, 108 N. Main St., Muncy, Pa. Please visit www.betzerfuneral.com to sign the guest book or send an e-condolence.