Elmis E. Crawford

August 19, 1928March 17, 2021

Elmis E. Crawford, age 92, of Midwest City, OK, passed away March 17, 2021. He was born in Sharon, KS, on August 19, 1928 and later moved to Isabella, OK. Upon graduating high school, he served with the U.S. Army in Munich, Germany after World War II where he fell in love and married his wife, Theresia A. Gmeiner. Elmis and Theresia were married in 1949 until her passing in 2012. He worked over 40 years as an electrician for Tinker Air Force Base. Elmis enjoyed dancing, music, playing dominos, and taking long walks with his wife. Survivors include sons: Gary A. Crawford and wife Deborah and Paul W. Crawford; grandchildren, Andrea Thomas and husband Brett, Michael Crawford and wife Callie, and Leasle Kaminski and husband TJ; great-grandsons, Fynnley and Archer Thomas; nephew, Andreas Gmeiner and wife Laura and daughters, Lena and Stella; and other family members in Oklahoma and Germany. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Arlington Mausoleum Chapel in Midwest City, OK. Viewing will be held Wednesday March 24, 2021 from 4 to 8pm at Eisenhour Funeral Home, 8805 NE 23rd OKC, OK.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, March 25, 2021


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Mike Six

March 25, 2021

Elmis was like family to DeiDre and I. Elmis and I spent many an hour talking about his life and career. I especially enjoyed his stories about his growing up and his experiences in Germany while in the Army at the end of WW II. Elmis was a walking history book and I am so proud that he shared that history with me. He was such a proud man.... and a patriot! I truly enjoyed taking Elmis to Royal Bavaria where we socialized with some wonderful friends and the happiness these outings brought to him! Near the end of Elmis ‘ life, we were unable to actually spend a lot of time together due to the quarantine restrictions, but we spoke regularly on the phone and he would keep me apprised of all that was happening in his life. He had a great sense of humor and often teased with me and gave us both the opportunity to laugh and smile. I’m going to miss him so much, but I’ll never forget him! Elmis was a wonderful man, but most of all ....Elmis was my friend!!! We love you!! “Prost my Friend”!

Beth Dittmer

March 25, 2021

To me, Elmis was a quiet man with a quick wit and great sense of humor. I spent several evenings with him at Royal Bavaria Restaurant enjoying a fine German Beer. He was a kind man who always had a joke and a smile. Even in the end when things weren't so good he was always smiling and I never heard him complain. I will miss him!

Karin Perez

March 22, 2021

On behalf of my entire family I am sending our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. May happy memories of your loved one bring you comfort in this time of sorrow.

Paul Crawford

March 19, 2021

My Dad was/is an amazing man, my hero! Many wonderful
memories. When I was a youngster jumping off my Dad’s
shoulders into the pool. Him holding & running with the bike
when learning to ride. Feeling his whiskers on his face.
Fishing & hunting Quail together. Dad buying my first car & always
rescuing me when I go it stuck or broke down somewhere.
Him discovering my girlie magazines & not getting mad but
showing me a better place to hide them, lol. Helping me pay
my way through first years of college. He loved talking to
anybody & finding out their background.. yeah, he could
socialize with strangers forever, lol. He could fix anything,
never had to hire anyone because Dad would figure it out.
I could go on & on.. one thought leads to another. But my Dad
lives on.. I see him & what he accomplished everywhere.
He is truly my hero!! Paul Wayne Crawford