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OBITUARY

John Lewis Crew Sr.

July 12, 1935October 7, 2019
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John Lewis Crew Sr., 84, went to heaven to join his wife Betty on October 7, 2019. John was born in Maryland to the late Thomas and Elizabeth Crew on July 12, 1935. He is predeceased by his sister Helen Miller and brother Howard Crew. John graduated from Sudlersville School House in Maryland, then joined the Navy in 1956. After marrying the love of his life in 1958 they were stationed in San Diego, California then Norfolk, Virginia where they planted their roots and lived in the same house for 53 years. John was very proud of the work he did and the countries he visited. Traveling on the ships USS Vogelgesang, USS Estes, USS Tennessee, USS South Carolina, USS L. Y. Spear, and USS Pandemus, John got to see many beautiful places including Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, Tai Wan, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Isle of Capri, South Korea, Okinawa, Mexico, China, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Austria, Turkey, Philippines, Kenya, Cuba, and Holland. Even off the ship John made sure to look after his fellow shipmates by opening the doors of his home to anyone that was spending the holidays alone or needed a home cooked meal on Sunday. Betty and John loved the lord and spent their Sundays worshipping him at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, Cedar Road Assembly, and Ocean View Assembly of God. John retired from the Navy after twenty plus years but continued to work as a master mechanist tool and die maker. He retired from Norshipco and Collins Machine Work. Throughout his years John enjoyed gardening, baking, joking, and being with family. He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters, Connie Pepple and Candy Mejia (Jerry); son, John L. Crew; grandchildren, Leigh Balance (Jesse), Amanda Barnette (Kevin), Justin Mejia, Ty Mejia and Morgan Baddeley (Andrew); and great-grandchildren, Kyle, Bailee, Brandon, Lily, MaKenzy, Cole, and Sophia.

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas Crew, Father (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Crew, Mother (deceased)
  • Betty Crew, Wife (deceased)
  • Helen Miller, Sister (deceased)
  • Howard Crew, Brother (deceased)
  • Connie Pepple, Daughter
  • Candy Mejia, Daughter
  • Jerry Mejia, Son-in-law
  • John L Crew, Son
  • Leigh Balance (Jesse), Grandchild
  • Amanda Barnette (Kevin), Grandchild
  • Justin Mejia, Grandchild
  • Ty Mejia, Grandchild
  • Morgan Baddeley (Andrew), Grandchild
  • Kyle ., Great Grandchild
  • Bailee ., Great Grandchild
  • Brandon ., Great Grandchild
  • Lily ., Great Grandchild
  • McKenzy ., Great Grandchild
  • Cole ., Great Grandchild
  • Sophia ., Great Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • United States Military

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation: Woodlawn Funeral Home Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel Monday, October 14, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

Memories

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Tammy Haddock

October 14, 2019

You thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Connie.

Lynn Davis

October 11, 2019

I remember many many Christmas when we would get together and eat and enjoy ourselves. Our time at church were numerous and wonderful. Bobbie and I would not take anything for our time with John and Betty and the children. We love all of you and John will be sorely missed.

Dennis Bagby

October 11, 2019

Love and prayers sent to your family. Sooo sorry for your loss.

Shannon Hawkins- Kelley

October 11, 2019

I have known pop Crew my entire life... he and Nana Crew have been one of the biggest influences I can remember. There are so many memories I have of them both, from me being a young child and being in their house or yard everyday to bible study on Sunday.... starting my own Christmas collection after watching pop crew collect all his Santa’s and Nana her angels. I honestly always knew there was nothing they wouldn’t do for me- they both drove me 45 minutes away to a hospital after a very serious back surgery that got infected. They stayed with me in the emergency room 13 hours until they moved me to a room- the love from them was remarkable!!! My son Darius had the pleasure to grow up knowing and loving both of these amazing people, pop is going to be greatly missed by myself and my son very much-
We love the Crew family as our very own and send our deepest sympathy!
Love,
Shannon Hawkins

Jean Ringenberg

October 11, 2019

Mr Crew was our neighbor and he was the finest man and full of knowledge. My Mom past and his wife Betty sang at
Her funeral. I was so upset and Mr Crew wrapped them Loving arms around me and said..God only takes the Good Angel's its gonna be alright. I have never forgotten that and quote it often. We shared alot and he Loved his Family. Mr Crew God needed another Good Angel and I know Heaven is Wonderful Now.
Love Always..RINGENBERG FAMILY

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Biography

John Lewis Crew Sr., 84, went to heaven to join his wife Betty on October 7, 2019. John was born in Maryland to the late Thomas and Elizabeth Crew on July 12, 1935. He is predeceased by his sister Helen Miller and brother Howard Crew.
John graduated from Sudlersville School House in Maryland, then joined the Navy in 1956. After marrying the love of his life in 1958 they were stationed in San Diego, California then Norfolk, Virginia where they planted their roots and lived in the same house for 53 years. John was very proud of the work he did and the countries he visited. Traveling on the ships USS Vogelgesang, USS Estes, USS Tennessee, USS South Carolina, USS L. Y. Spear, and USS Pandemus, John got to see many beautiful places including Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, Tai Wan, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Isle of Capri, South Korea, Okinawa, Mexico, China, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Austria, Turkey, Philippines, Kenya, Cuba, and Holland. Even off the ship John made sure to look after his fellow shipmates by opening the doors of his home to anyone that was spending the holidays alone or needed a home cooked meal on Sunday. Betty and John loved the lord and spent their Sundays worshipping him at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, Cedar Road Assembly, and Ocean View Assembly of God.
John retired from the Navy after twenty plus years but continued to work as a master mechanist tool and die maker. He retired from Norshipco and Collins Machine Work. Throughout his years John enjoyed gardening, baking, joking, and being with family. He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters, Connie Pepple and Candy Mejia (Jerry); son, John L. Crew; grandchildren, Leigh Balance (Jesse), Amanda Barnette (Kevin), Justin Mejia, Ty Mejia and Morgan Baddeley (Andrew); and great-grandchildren, Kyle, Bailee, Brandon, Lily, MaKenzy, Cole, and Sophia.