Michael O’Hara Crowe, 74, of Casper, WY passed away November 13th surrounded by family. Born in Valley City, ND, he was the son of the late Raymond H and Rose M Crowe and the loving husband of Louise A. Crowe.
Michael was a 1966 graduate of LaMoure High School, LaMoure, ND. He liked to joke that his senior trip began with a brief stay at Camp Pendleton, San Diego followed by two tours of duty in Vietnam. Michael was proud of his service to his country as a Sgt in the US Marine Corps and an Army Reservist. A baptized Lutheran, Michael once said that he met God on the battlefield. Little did he know they would meet again after a 3-year battle with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, believed to be the result of Agent Orange and burn pit exposure while in Vietnam.
Michael attended Wahpeton State School of Science on the GI Bill where he earned his associated degree. Upon graduation, he worked as a draftsman for TMI, Dickinson, ND. He moved to Bismarck, ND where he worked for the state. In 1978, he moved his family to Casper, WY where he worked for Gulf Mineral as a geological draftsman. Later, he joined Farmer Brothers Coffee Company, where he worked for 28 years starting as a salesman and working his way up to Branch Manager.
Michael was a member of American Legion, NRA member for life and a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. In addition to his family, his passions were gardening, cars, fishing, feeding the birds that visited his back yard, his horses and walking his dog. He had a quirky sense of humor that would bring a smile to one’s face with his corny jokes. He was an avid photographer of wildlife and enjoyed God’s great outdoors.
Survived by his wife Louise of 50 years; son, Israel Crowe, Dallas, TX; daughters Michelle Crowe, wife of Savorn Thy, Sea Tac, WA; Amanda, wife of Ben McCarlson, Casper, WY. Grandchildren: Ethan, Avery, Rhys, Emma McCarlson and Kirin Thy. Brothers Raymond Crowe and wife Penny, Ravenna, OH; Bruce Crowe and wife Joyce, Alexandria, MN; sister Susan Brinklow and husband Roger, West Fargo, ND; dearly loved nieces and nephews, brother and sister in laws. Michael was preceded in death by his parents and 9 siblings.
A special thanks to the staff at Wyoming Medical Center - Banner Health, for their compassionate care these past two weeks.
A celebration of life and internment will be held Monday, November 22nd, at 11:30 am at the Oregon Trail Veteran’s Cemetery Chapel, Evansville, WY. A reception to follow at Paradise Valley Christian Church, Casper, WY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Legion Post 0002, Paradise Valley Christian School.
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