Duane Crawford, 81, of Unionville, MO passed away in his home, Sunday, January 15, 2017 after a year-long battle with his health.
Duane was born February 17, 1935 on a farm in Washington County, IA near Keota, the oldest son of Omer and Viola Faye Crawford who preceded him in death. He graduated from Keota High School in May 1953.
On June 2, 1953, Duane entered the United States Marine Corps. Duane served his country for 26 years, retiring in 1979 with the rank of major. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine and 13 as an officer. His military specialty was infantry. As a staff sergeant during the Vietnam War in 1966, he was given a battlefield commission to second lieutenant but never forgot his enlisted roots.
Upon returning from the war in late 1966, he met and married Kathryn “Kay” Sayres on June 6, 1967 in Centerville, Iowa. Kay, who was her husband’s inspiration, passed away on August 1, 2012.
Duane began his second tour in Vietnam in October, 1968 and was assigned duties as Commanding Officer of Mike Company, 3rd Battalion 26th Marines. During his two tours in Vietnam, he was decorated with four Bronze Star Medals for Valor, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Valor, Purple Heart Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and lesser medals. He made many parachute jumps with the elite 1st Force Reconnaissance Company.
In 1964, an infantry squad of 13 Marines he trained was named second best in the entire Marine Corps, losing the gold medal by one point. In 1975, a squad from the company he commanded received first place and the coveted gold medal in a ceremony at Marine Barracks 8th and I. He always remarked that of all his time in the Marines his three years training thousands of recruits at Parris Island, SC was his most satisfying and challenging of duties.
After retiring from the Marines in 1979, he attended Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University, and graduated cum laude in 1982 with a BA in Physical Education and Social Studies. In 1982, he was hired by Superintendent Marcus Hounsom to teach social studies and coach football and girls’ basketball at Putnam County High School. Working with teachers, coaches and the youth of Midget County became a delightful and memorable experience for him. He coached and taught for 25 years and, after retiring from teaching, coached another 5 years.
Duane was deeply engaged in free-lance writing for a hobby. He wrote countless articles for several newspapers and completed three books based on history. Together, he and Kay were actively involved in numerous community projects, including hosting the Vietnam Veterans Moving Memorial Wall and building the Veterans Memorial and the Flight 11 Memorial.
Duane was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Force Reconnaissance Association, and the American Legion. Locally, he was a Super Booster of the PC Midgets and member of both the Unionville Lions and Rotary Clubs. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Unionville.
Duane is survived by his daughter Sandra and grandson, Payne.
Rayford "Ray" William Addington, Jr., age 69, passed away at his home in Boerne surrounded by his family on Sunday, December 27th, 2015.
Mr. Addington is survived by his wife, Martha, and two daughters, Moshelle Carlson of Ladera Ranch, CA and Meredith Wiskur of Murphy, TX. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Nathan, Sophie, Anna, Avery and Lilly; sons-in-law, Todd Carlson and Matt Wiskur; his sister, Shelley Addington of Dallas, TX; and brother, Mike Addington of Lynchburg, VA.
Ray grew up in Dallas, the eldest son of Rayford Addington, Sr. and Martha Addington. He served two years with distinction as a Marine in the Vietnam War. Marine Sargent Ray "Big D" Addington fought in the Battle of Khe Sahn, Hill 881 South in a desperate 77 day fight where the only way out was to be "Flown Off or Blown Off." The discipline, patriotism, and servanthood he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest. He will be remembered fondly by many as "Uncle Ray", the "go-to" guy at Reinhardt Bible Church and Christ is Life Ministries, always willing to teach the children's Sunday school class, drive the church bus to camp, and to lift, carry, or fetch anything needed. He had fond memories of singing with the Firewheel Bible Fellowship Choir (he loved to sing, dance, perform and make people laugh). In later years, he spent his time teaching Bible study to prisoners as a chaplain at the Kendall County Jail and collecting food for Hill Country Daily Bread.
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