Gene Crabtree

January 29, 1936November 19, 2019

William Gene Crabtree, 83, of Bloomington, passed away at Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal on November 19, 2019. He was born in Nobob, KY on January 29, 1936 to Ewell and Gladys (Davis) Crabtree. Gene married Mary Wilkerson on February 11, 1996. He is survived by his children: Wilma Gleason, Greg (Melodye) Crabtree, Martha (Karen Bruning) Fritcher, Beth Crabtree, Jeff (Patty) Wilkerson, and Mary (Dwayne Smith) Shadowens; 21 grandchildren: Ciara Corley, Arielle Evans, Quinten Bradley, Lauren Remley, Alicia Crabtree, Missy Baker, Cassie Crabtree, Hayden Vest, Hailey and Brady Fritcher, Marisa and Jerritt Crabtree, Trenton Beasley, Ashley Wilkerson, Whitney Leifheit, Darby Wilkerson, Bethany Wilkerson, Kaylah Deatrick, Jessica Shadowens, Amanda Basham and Alexander Smith; 26 great-grandchildren; and his sister Anita (Charlie) Crowe. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob and Charlie Crabtree; and grandson, Lucas Fritcher. Gene served in the United States Air Force before his employment at General Electric and Illinois State University before retiring from Mitsubishi Motors. In retirement, Gene and Mary managed Alexander/Grandview Estates. He loved listening to bluegrass music and watching his favorite sports teams including the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears. Gene loved spending time and talking with family and friends and taught us to cherish relationships. A visitation will be held from 9-10:30AM with a service at 11AM at East Lawn Funeral Home on Saturday, November 23. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gene’s honor to the COPD Foundation ( or OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois ( Condolences may be offered to the family at


  • Mary Crabtree, Wife
  • Wilma Gleason, Daughter
  • Greg Crabtree (Melodye), Son
  • Martha Fritcher (Karen Bruning), Daughter
  • Beth Crabtree, Daughter
  • Jeff Wilkerson (Patty), Son
  • Mary Shadowens (Dwayne Smith), Daughter
  • Anita Crowe, Sister
  • Ewell L Crabtree, Father (deceased)
  • Gladys I Crabtree, Mother (deceased)
  • Bob Crabtree, Brother (deceased)
  • Charlie Crabtree, Brother (deceased)
  • Lucas Fritcher, Grandson (deceased)
  • Gene also leaves behind twenty one grandchildren and twenty six great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2019


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Brenda Harper

December 7, 2019

I worked with Gene at Mitsubishi. Gene was very friendly and easy to talk to. Gene never had anything bad to say about anyone. I used to see him at Walmart when he worked there, still the same guy everyone knew and loved. My condolences to the family. RIH Gene

Kate Thornton

November 23, 2019

deepest sympathy to the family. Gene was a wonderful person. My husband was friends with the family growing up and I was lucky enough to spend time with Beth. Hugs to all from me and on Chris' behalf.

Connie Bellas

November 23, 2019

I am thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Each of you hold a special place in my heart, and I will never forget how kind your dad and your whole family were to me when I was a young and inexperienced new teacher in town.
Love and prayers,
Connie Bellas

Florence Cassell

November 22, 2019

Mary, always enjoyed talking to Gene when stopping by the office to drop off the lot rent payment. He will be missed. "Please accept my family's deepest sympathy for your loss. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort, strengthen and comfort you with His promise to swallow up death forever, wiping the tears from our faces. (Isa. 25:8; 2Cor. 1:3) Peace to you during this difficult time. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends, as well as be strengthened by your faith.

Donald Geiselman

November 22, 2019

Keeping Gene Crabtree and family in our Prayers in trying time . Gene worked with my son Steve at McDonalds years ago , Gene was a great person 🙏

Lisa Hume

November 21, 2019

Uncle Gene Bob had all the information about anyone. He would call to make sure you knew if someone was sick or had passed away. He always had a joke weather it be good or bad. Uncle Gene Bob talk all you want on the phone in heaven.