Bobby "Bob" Ray Crawford Sr.
July 28, 1933 – February 15, 2019
Bobby Ray “Bob” Crawford, Sr., 85, died Feb. 15, 2019.
Bob was born July 28, 1933 in Mena, AR to Edgar Ray and Ann Pearl Crawford. They preceded him in death. He graduated from Mena High School and served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1951-1955. He worked on the Wichita Police Department from 1956-1985 retiring as a lieutenant and was the chief of police for the Sedgwick Police Department from 1985-1996.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth; children, Stephanie Holliday, Julie (Carl) Luthe, Jerome Crawford, Patricia Watts, Bobby Crawford, Jr.; grandchildren, Amanda Cheray Watts, Benjamin Leonard, Christian Hunter Clark Crawford; great granddaughter, Lainey Grace Saylor.
Rosary Thursday 7:00 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Visitation Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary. Funeral Mass Saturday 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of your choice.
- Recitation of the Rosary Thursday, February 21, 2019
- Visitation Friday, February 22, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 23, 2019
- Committal Service
Bobby "Bob" Ray Crawford Sr.
February 23, 2019
I began my police career with Lt Crawford as my first patrol Lt. Then, he became my Baker-3 Admin Lt. Through the arrests I made, I learned much from him and his Baker-3 follow-up detectives. In late 1981, I made Detective in Baker-3. He was my Lt, once again. My 35-year law enforcement career as a WPD Captain and university police chief was possible, in large measure, because of the wisdom, mentoring and friendship provided to me, by Lt Bobby Crawford. I even learned plenty from him on poker nights! I was honored to attend Chief Crawford's Sedgwick PD Retirement Reception wearing my WPD Command Staff uniform. I expressed love for him while visiting him at the VA, in November. I was yet again honored to attend His Service, today. God Bless Chief Crawford, Ruth and all the family.
February 19, 2019
Rest Bobby, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.
Thank you for your service to this nation.
February 18, 2019
Dear Ruth and Family, I am very saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was a very good man and I was proud to know him. One of my fondest memories was going to The State fair with him and Ruth and Bobby, He hardly ever took a day off, but he did this time and we had a great time. The Cities of Wichita and Sedgwick Kansas owe him a great deal to his countless public service. I know we can never repay the time he served our community , I also know his kids did not have a lot of time with him, due to this. I pray That God's loving hands wrap around you all in this difficult time. I always enjoyed visiting with him and I thought a lot of him and his family. God bless all you. I was very proud to know him and call him a friend. Rest in Peace Mr. Bob Crawford Sincerely Greg Harris