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Kenneth A. Crawford
Kenneth Allen Crawford, 54, Grafton, ND passed away suddenly, on Saturday January 22, 2011, in New Port Richey, FL, where he was working as a pipeline welder for Sheehan Pipeline Co.
Ken was born on March 14, 1956 in Courtland, NY. Ken was the son of Betty and Bernie Crawford of Brooksville, KY. Ken graduated form Braken County High school, Brooksville, KY in 1974, where he enjoyed playing basketball. He went to collage at Eastern Kentucky University, and received an AA degree in Broadcasting.
He Joined the Pipeliners Union Local 798, Tulsa, OK, and worked as a helper with his Dad, Bernie Crawford. One of his favorite memories was working with his Dad on the Alaska pipeline in 1977. He became a Journeyman welder for Union 798, and enjoyed working in several different states.
He met the love of his life Pamela Lenz while working on a Pipeline job in Grafton, ND in 1997. They were married on January 2, 1999. They were blessed with 2 active and charming sons, Zachary, 10 and Zane, 6
Ken loved his family dearly, and hated being away working, but kept in constant touch with his wife and boys, always telling them how much he loved them. He loved to take pictures and make videos of family events. He also loved to play Frisbee with his "Frisbee" dog, Hunny Bee. Being outside with the boys and the dogs, Hunny Bee and Zoee, was one of his favorite things. He loved working with wood, fixing things around the house, taking care of the yard, riding bikes with the boys, going to concerts with Pam, and taking trips with her and the boys. He also had a great sense of humor and kept us laughing by his silliness.
Ken will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 12 years Pam, their boys, Zach and Zane, and his many friends in Grafton. Ken is survived by his sister, Sherry (John) Henderson, and Niece Kaitlin, and her 2 sons Luke and Jon and sister, La'Nae (Greg) Insko and Niece, Kelly (James) Hopp, and Nephew Aaron Insko, in Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, and Grandparents. He is also survived by his ND family, In-Laws Llyod and Betty Lenz, Reynolds, ND, Sister-in-law Pat (Myron Disrud), Rolla, ND, their children, Ken and Pam's Nieces and Nephew, Marlys (Ryan) Severance, and Great Nephew, Carter, Darwin, MN. Brad (Tiffany) Disrud, Great Nieces Ellie and Reese, Rolla, ND, and Janelle Dirsud ( fiance' Shawn Carnahan) Rolla, ND, and Brother In-Law Paul Lenz, Reynolds, ND.
Visitation to celebrate Ken's life will be on Friday at the River of Life Church in Grafton from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm with a Prayer Service from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.
Memorial Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Holmes United Methodist Church rural Reynolds, North Dakota with burial in Holmes United Methodist Cemetery.
The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.
We are so sorry to hear of Kens passing.James worked with Ken in the pipeline industry.He will be missed by many.May god keep you in his loving arms.
James & Sheila Wright Feb 7 2011 12:00 AM
Pam, I was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. And reading about you two touched me beyond no tomorrow....I miss you. I remember when you met Ken, how smitten you were with him, and he with you. And you two created two wonderful boys whom I hope to meet someday. I know that what I say will not take away any pain, that you will burden for some time, but he is watching, always will be and that you can have comfort in. I do remember how he could crack me up with his silly jokes... God, he was a funny man! He made alot of people smile, a gift too few have. Just know that I love you still and miss you lots and my heart aches for you. Love ya, Lori
Lori Grovum Georgeson(Moberg) Feb 6 2011 12:00 AM
So sorry to learn of your loss. I graduated with LaNae and my sister Paula graduated with Sherry.
Carla Hay Padgett Jan 29 2011 12:00 AM
Pam- Just a note to let you know that we are praying that God brings you His comfort during this difficult time. On this earth we will never know the answer to the why and are thankful for the time and memories that were made. Lean on the Lord as He is with you now and always.
Kathy Larson Jan 28 2011 12:00 AM
Pam, Zach & Zane: Ken was a wonderful person and he will certainly be missed. My family enjoyed having your family as our neighbors; it was great to always see your smiling faces. Your family will be in my prayers. Take care and God bless :)
Annie Rasmussen Jan 27 2011 12:00 AM
Pam and boys I was so very sorry to here of Ken's passing. I always thought him to be such a fun and happy guy and know how much he cared for his family. I will be thinking of you with prayer for added strength in your sadness.
Bernadette Hanson Jan 27 2011 12:00 AM
Dear Pam and family, We are saddened to hear of Ken's Death. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord Bless and keep you in the days ahead.
Larry & Vicki Klamm Jan 27 2011 12:00 AM
Ken was a very lucky man to have such a wonderful wife and sons. He was a great dad to Zak & Zane, and of course Hunny Bee & Zoey. He was such a laid back kind of guy and handled things so well. He was a talented and a lovely man. Heaven is so lucky to have such an amazing person. I wish that there was some way to ease the pain of this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Remember that this is not a good bye. Love you guys! I will miss chocolate cover cherries! I don't think I know anyone else who would eat them!
Tiffany Disrud Jan 26 2011 12:00 AM
I had the pleasure of knowing Ken and his wonderful family. Ken was a kind and caring person and will be missed by all, but I know Ken is still watching and caring for his family in heaven.
Lorie White Jan 25 2011 12:00 AM
Pam and family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
charlotte clayton Jan 24 2011 12:00 AM