Earl "Weenie" Crawford

Earl "Weenie" Crawford, age 80 of Wall, SD, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at his home in Wall.

Military graveside services by the Sturgis Honor Guard, held Tuesday, November 24, at the Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis, with Pastor Curtis Garland officiating.

Music was provided by Charlsie Mettler. Pallbearers were Judi, Tony, Justin, Richard, Matt and Joe Crawford. Honorary pallbearers were Spencer, Tim and Paul Crawford.

Earl "Weenie" Crawford was born July 25, 1929, in Wakonda, SD, the son of Burton and Nora (Hoffert) Crawford. As a young boy, he lived with William and Annie Carr, where he milked cows and helped with the chores. He attended school in Wakonda, graduating from Wakonda High School in 1947. After graduation, he moved out to Wall, where he joined the rest of his family.

Earl was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Kitterman on December 10, 1950, and, to this union, a son, Tony, was born. Earl entered the United States Air Force on August 31, 1951, where he worked on a refueler. After his honorable discharge on August 30, 1955, he returned to Wall, where he operated the Pool Hall, which he purchased from his father.

Earl's wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death in 1962.

In 1963, Earl was united in marriage to Barbara Eisenbraun and to this union were born two children, Justin and Rhonda. Earl owned and operated the Cheyenne River Lodge near Wasta, until 1965, when he built and continued to operate the Wasta Bar until 1987, when he semi-retired. He continued to reside in the area, where he was a hay farmer and horse trader.

Earl was a 54-year member of the American Legion Post in Wall. Earl enjoyed working with a variety of animals, especially horses. He is remembered as being kind hearted to both people and animals, and for his sense of humor.

Grateful for having shared his life are two sons, Tony Crawford and his wife, Mary, of Rapid City, and Justin Crawford and his wife, Tracie, of Wasta; one daughter, Rhonda Mettler and her husband, Stewart, of Wall; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; four brothers, Gene Crawford, Robert Crawford and his wife, Bobbi Ann, Richard Crawford and his wife, Carmen, and Joe Crawford and his wife, Ardie Ann, all of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Earl was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melbourne and Chuck Crawford; and one sister, Barbara Kitterman.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com