Delmer Crawford Passes Away at 97

Delmer Crawford

Delmer O. Crawford of Hermiston died on Oct. 4, 2021 in Hermiston at the age of 97.

He was born on April 29, 1924 outside Ione on the Oregon Trail to Wate and Mabel Phillips Crawford.

Delmer was raised and attended school in Ione before joining the United States Navy. He served during World War II until his honorable discharge and returned home and married Francine Ely on April 22, 1949. They owned the Shell Oil Bulk Plant in Hermiston and Pendleton, along with several Shell service stations. Following their retirement from the oil business, Delmer worked security at various agriculture plants in the area for several years.

He enjoyed traveling, farming and time spent with his family. Delmer was an active member of the Elks lodge #1845, holding several offices; the Eagles lodge; and the Ione American Legion Post.

He is survived by his daughters, Marlene Bush, Hermiston and Anita Kongslie, Kennewick, Wash.; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Bush, Kennewick, Wash., Justin (Susan) Bush, Elko, Nev., Jocelle (Bert) Quinn and Jenee Bush, Hermiston, Jacki (Darral) Moore and Loni Kongslie, Kennewick, Wash., Jeffrey (Jean-Pierre) Correa, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jerid (Tonisha) Falconer, Vancouver, Wash. and Jana (Mike) Topf, Pasco, Wash.; 17 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Delmer was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Francine Crawford; a daughter, Cyndee Falconer; his parents; and seven siblings, Vernon, Sam, Rollo, Margaret, Melba, Harlan and Ruth.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston.

A private burial will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery.

We would like to give thanks to the Good Shepherd Medical Center staff for the kindness and compassion shown not only to Delmer but to our family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice Education Fund in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, Ore., 97838.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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