Paul Clark Crews

It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Clark Crews announces his passing, peacefully at home, after 67 years on this earth. Paul was born July 3, 1950 the 7th of 10 children. He grew up in Dexter, Michigan where he found his love of the outdoors including hunting and fishing. He made a career working for the Ann Arbor Public Schools and retired after 20 years as a custodian in 2011. Family was always important to Paul. His evening work schedule allowed him to spend days with his children and his sons remember afternoons spent fishing in Lower Huron Metropark. His love of the outdoors continued and, on weekends, he could frequently be seen on his rider mower caring for his lawn. Throughout his life, Paul found humor in everyday situations and never failed to delight grandchildren with toys that made them collapse into giggles. He recently fulfilled his dream of living on a lake in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. Paul is lovingly remembered by Karen Jo (Lemelin Hutcheson) Crews of Ypsilanti, MI, to whom he was married for 35 years, his children Rebecca Lynne (Jeremy) Smiedendorf of Chelsea, MI, Paul Michael (Allison) Crews of Centerville, OH, Eric William Crews of Ann Arbor, MI, and David George Crews of Ypsilanti, MI, and his four grandchildren Tristan, Aurelia, Archer, and Isla. He is survived by his siblings Shirley Ann (Gerald) Forshee of Chelsea, MI, Linda Carol (Dennis) Geiger of West Columbia, SC, Mary Nell (Jerry) Blough of Chelsea, MI, Evelyn Lee (James) Socks of Dexter, MI, Pamela Joy Crews of Napa, CA, Bonnie Lynn (Ken) Mangus of River Junction, MI, Michael Kent Crews of Dexter, MI, his sister-in-law Sandra Crews of Dexter, MI, and brother-in-law Michael McClanahan of Grosse Ile, MI and his many nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his father Willie Leon Crews in 1980, his brother Charles Allen (Sandra) Crews in 1993, his sister Janice Kay (Michael) McClanahan in 2001, and his mother Essie Lee (Roebuck) Crews in 2011. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Hosmer-Muelig Funeral Chapel, Dexter, MI. Family visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am with a service at 11:00 and burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery to follow. "All these places have their moments, with lovers and friends, I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living. In my life, I’ve loved them all." –In My Life, The Beatles


  • Visitation Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 24, 2018

Paul Clark Crews

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Dennis Eagleberger

April 20, 2018

My Cousin and Best Friend, You are deeply missed by Me. We had some adventures that will never be forgotten. Love Always, Your Cousin Dennis. We will go camping when I get there.

February 24, 2018

I was sad to learn of Paul's passing. Old memories shared by his sisters, along with the nice obituary, provides only a small window into his life, which sounded like a wonderful, fulfilled life among family and friends. My sincerest condolences.

Mary Lambert Patton

February 24, 2018

I am so sad to see Paul had passed on the day of his funeral because I would have traveled back to say goodbye to one of my closest friends in Dexter. Paul and I were especially close our senior year, we worked together at U of M Hospital, GMC Hydramatic, and School Tech the years after graduation.

We drifted apart over the years but I always considered Paul a close friend.

Good bye good friend..........

Roy Christian

February 22, 2018

As the Crews kids grew older and started families of our own, we may have grown apart in physical distance, but always held each other close in our hearts. Paul was an integral part of our family of ten kids. I also remember some of the exploits we had with Paul. He was especially close with our sisters, Pam and Bonnie. Paul and I had many hour long telephone conversations reminiscing about the childhood we shared. As he grew into his teens, he was a standout athlete in track. He was especially adept as a hurdler. I can remember seeing him practice jumping high hurdles in the back yard before many meets. After he graduated from high school, he served his country by joining the Michigan National Guard. He spent six weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, CA specializing as a driver mechanic with the Ann Arbor Unit. Even though Paul was a quiet introverted man, he had many friends and acquaintances. He worked several jobs until he found his niche with the Ann Arbor School System. Among them were positions at the Hydromatic Plant in Ypsilanti and as a machine repair apprentice at NSK Corp., Ann Arbor. I was proud to call Paul my brother and will always remember him as loving and caring and will always miss him - Evelyn

John Given

February 22, 2018

Paul and I were good friends from our early years of school at Dexter. I remember visiting his home on Dexter - Ann Arbor Road several times. We enjoyed walking out in the woods behind his home and along the railroad tracks. Paul had a great sense of humor. One time we made a dummy and waited for a car to go by so that we could drop it out of his second story window and see if anyone would react! Oh, to be kids again! I'm grateful to have re-connected with him at our Class of '68 reunion. May God's Blessings be with his family.

February 22, 2018

I love you my brother. Your sister Mary

Franklin Mcclure

February 22, 2018

We worked together at the main library downtown A/2, good coworker and friend, rest in peace, condolence to the family.

February 22, 2018

Tall, dark and handsome with those beatuiful light eyes. I remember as a child looking up at him and it seemed as if he was a mile tall. He had one of the calmest, softest, voice I had ever heard. I remember the family being gathered up to watch Paul jump his motorcycle. He was so proud as if he were famous. I remember, as he attempted his crazy stunt and became airborne for a few seconds, he then landing in a crash. He tore up his leg and blood running down his leg and needing stitches but he didn't let it get him down. He was so excited that his wheels came off the ground. And in that soft calm voice he said " it was kinda like Evil Knievil " . He was so proud ! He was funny and kind. I remember seeing pictures of my aunts posing for the camera and hiding in the back ground was Paul making faces and hand gestures. He's going to be missed. I'm sure between Jannie and Charlie, Paul was guided home with so much love. My prayers to his family and to my aunts who have lost a man who put a smile on their face every time he walked in the room.

Lucy French

February 22, 2018

Dear Karen and Family, So sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you lay Paul to rest, remembering all the wonderful family times and love that brought you two together 35 years ago.... May Paul find his peace in the loving arms of our Lord. Sorry we cannot be there with you and the family to convey our condolences personally , for we are out of the state this weekend. God bless and keep you during this difficult time. Lucy and Pat French and Dr. Wally

Michael Scott

February 21, 2018

Every now and again you are caught completely off-guard. I remember Paul as one of the most sincere, gentle, caring and friendly people I've ever had the honor to know. It is gratifying to know that he lived a good life with a loving family. My sincere condolences.