Walter Clarence Crawford

Born: Fri., Jan. 8, 1937
Died: Wed., May 27, 2020

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Walter C. Crawford

January 8, 1937 – May 27, 2020

Walter Clarence Crawford, 83, of Granger passed away at 6:29 p.m. Wednesday, May, 27th in Memorial Hospital following an illness. Walt was born January 8, 1937 in South Bend to the late Pearl (Amick) and Jacob D. Crawford and was a lifetime area resident. On September 9, 1961 in South Bend he married Glory Stevens who survives. He is also survived by two sons, Mark S. Crawford (Sue) and Adam W. Crawford (Michelle) both of Granger and a daughter, Angela Bishop (Donald) of Mesa, AZ; seven grandchildren, Megan Mars (Andrew), Bryce Crawford, Wesley Bishop (Tiffany), Joshua Bishop (Spring), Donnie Bishop, and A.J. and Abigail Crawford; two great- grandchildren, Terra and Clark Bishop; two brothers, Harold Crawford of Granger, and Larry Lee Crawford (Barbara) of South Bend; a sister-in-Law, Brenda Crawford, of Owensboro, KY; and his mother-in-law, Gloria Stevens of Granger. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beth Ann Crawford; a grandson, Drew Crawford; daughter-in-law, Tammy Crawford; four sisters, Mary Jane Mock, Thelma Russell, Kathryn Sater, and Joan “Joni” Crawford; and two brothers, Harry and Robert Crawford.

Walt’s first love was his wife Glory. You rarely saw one without the other close by. Their love story started as high school sweethearts and they would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this September. Many people only read about true love, they lived it!

His favorite pastime always involved family. Over the years, you would usually find Walt at the ice rink coaching his sons’ Irish Rover’s hockey teams or volunteering with the IYHL and Penn hockey. Along with Mark and Adam’s hockey teams, Walt would be found watching numerous swim and track meets for Angie. Many lifelong friendships grew from those teams that Walt always cherished. If he saw you at the rink or track, you would always get a greeting. He didn’t know a stranger...and he always wanted an update on your family.

Once the grandkids came around, you couldn’t keep Walt at home. He would go from baseball fields to hockey rinks, musicals to band concerts. He absolutely adored his grandchildren and didn’t want to miss a moment. All of his grandkids knew that grandpa would be in the stands as their biggest fan. 

Walt and Glory still stayed very close to their high school friends. They had two groups that met frequently to catch up and have dinner. These gatherings were very meaningful to Walt. He loved to hear about his friend’s family’s accomplishments, and in turn, tell them about his. 

Walt is truly going to be missed by all who knew him. He was “one of the good guys”. He valued his family and friends and never hesitated to help someone in need. This world is a much better place because of Walt.

A private family memorial service will be held. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic a public celebration of Walt’s life will be held at a later date. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions in Walt’s memory may be made to Clay Food Pantry, 17646 Cleveland Rd., South Bend, IN, 46635. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Walter's memory to the following organization:

Clay Church Food Pantry
17646 Cleveland Road., South Bend, IN, 46635

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Dean and Ann Mary Johnson
   Posted Mon June 01, 2020
Dear Glory,
We are so sad to hear the news of Walt’s passsing.
So many happy memories of our friendship over the years from running into both of you at Menards and places like the Rocky Mountains to several places in Florida.
We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Walt was one of the kindest men we knew and loved by many.
Your friends Dean and Ann Mary Johnson

Butch and Elaine Hoffman
   Posted Mon June 01, 2020
Our sorrow for the loss of Walt. He was a gentle, sweet soul and will be greatly missed. Memories of him will always bring a smile.

From his football buddy and member of the Washington Clay Class of '57,

Butch and Elaine Hoffman

Skip and Sharon Herrmann
   Posted Mon June 01, 2020
Glory and family,
So very sorry for your loss. He was a really nice person.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.

Skipand Sharon Warstler Herrmann

Chris and Jane Geesman
   Posted Mon June 01, 2020
Dear Glory, Mark, Adam, Angela, and families,
We send our sympathies in the death of your husband and father. What a wonderful legacy he and your mom have left. Blessings as you cherish wonderful memories of him. Peace be with you.
Chris and Jane Geesman

Tim and Toodie McNeill
   Posted Tue June 02, 2020
Special Blessings on all in the Crawford Family.
We are so very sorry to read about the passing of Walt Crawford.
Walt was a wonderful,good man and a special Husband, Father, Grandpa, and Sports Fan.
We will miss our comfortable, always enjoyable, newsy visits with Walt and his loving wife, Glory, which usually took place around local ice rinks and Martin's Deli.
Walt Crawford was a good hockey friend to us for many years. We are thankful for our
Friendship with Walt and his family.
Prayers and thoughts to the Crawford family.
Tim and Toodie McNeill

Dick & Jeanie Nyerges
   Posted Wed June 17, 2020
We were so sorry to hear about Walt. He will be surely missed at the Clay Group dinners. Rest In Peace Walt.