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L. Crabtree, 76, of Grand Island, formerly
died Wednesday June 13, 2007 at St. Francis Medical Center.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. Pauls Lutheran
Church in Grand Island. The
Reverend William Pavuk will officiate. Burial of ashes will
be in the Grand Island Cemetery. The United Veterans Honor
Guard will provide military honors.
There will be no visitation. All Faiths Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
Richard was born January 5, 1931 at Hastings, the son
of Raymond and Ernestine (Sigel) Crabtree. He was raised in Hastings graduating from Hastings High School in 1949. Richard received
his Bachelor of Arts in History from Hastings College in 1953 where he served as class
president. He served in the United States Army Counter Intelligence
in the Far East from 1954-1955. He
then earned his Master of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska Kearney in
For twenty-one years (1955-1976) he taught at Hastings Junior High School, serving as the head
football and basketball coach from 1956-1967. From 1977-1991
he taught at the Doniphan Public Schools; serving as faculty chairman
and coordinator of district self evaluation. He initiated District
participation in the Close-Up Foundation and attended two Close-Up
seminars in Washington D.C. He also served as assistant football
coach for five seasons.
He was united in marriage to Agnes Tweito McMillen on
August 8, 1988 in Hastings.
Richard enjoyed Husker Football, golfing, and was an
avid reader. He was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church,
the American Legion and the Saddle Club.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Agnes,
son Stephen Crabtree of Las Vegas, NV, daughter ReNae Crabtree Allen of Overland Park, KS, stepson
Drew McMillen of College Station, TX, his mother Ernestine Crabtree of Hastings, brother
and sister-in-law John and Judy Crabtree of Grand Island and grandchildren Ashley Gibson,
Bif Allen, Stephanie and Chris Doan.
His father and a sister Janet Cushing preceded him in
Memorials are suggested either to St. Pauls Lutheran
Church or the Lutheran World Relief.