Louis Crawford

Louis Crawford

Louis Paul Crawford Tinker, 76, of Bradford, MN passed away peacefully on December 25, 2013 Christmas Day at his home in Bradford, with his family at his side. Tinker struggled with shingles for the past year then was diagnosed with lung cancer November 2, 2013 which ultimately lead to pneumonia. Tinker fought hard to overcome his illness, he was never a quitter. We did not expect this to take him from us. Sadly it did.
Tinker was born November 2, 1937 in St.Paul, MN to Martin Ducky and Katherine Crawford. They lived in White Bear Lake, MN and then moved to Cambridge, MN in 1947 where he attended Cambridge High School.
Tinker had many interests. He owned a construction company specializing in excavating and owned and operated an Auto Parts Pro Store in Isanti. Tinker loved his classic cars and had many.
Tinker was a passionate man with all that he did. He was a great friend that would do anything for you and be there for you know matter what, (while telling you how he felt and what to do). He was a dad that always took care of his kids and made sure they were able to do and be all that they wanted. He was a devoted husband and caregiver. He was a big brother and uncle who always gave his wisdom and advice, and he was a proud Grandpama that taught them his humor and shared his life experiences with them while being their biggest fan.
Tinker had his own language and he shared it with all that knew him and eventually most of us were all renamed with our own special nickname.
Tinker was preceded in death by parents, Martin Ducky and Katherine Crawford, brothers; Martin Bic Jr. and Lige Willy Crawford, George Uncle Sam Crawford, and son Todd Crawford.
Tinker is survived by wife Sandra Missy Crawford, daughter Tammy and Doc Thronson – Bradford, grandchildren Jade Jademahooey and Raynee Rayneema Thronson, sister Annie Roni Larson – Cambridge, sister in law Lola Crash Crawford Cambridge, brother Eddy Swede and Eileen Leeno Crawford – Cambridge, brother Alan Rastus and Mary Crawford – International Falls, special nephews Brian “BC” Crawford and Charlie “Charlie Blucose” Crawford, very special friends Jim Big Jim and Wendy (tinkers Idol) Englund Bradford, many special nieces and nephews, and many many good friends and special neighbors and relatives.
Tinker made a great impact on our worldhe will be missed.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 30th at Long Lake Lutheran Church with Rev. Matt Flom officiating. Doc Thronson, Dave Thronson and Nathan Thronson served as musicians. Pallbearers were Jim Englund “Big Jim”, Brian Crawford “BC”, Larry Polski “Polcat”, Mark Schneppmueller “Guido”, Bill Thronson, Jeff Frovarp “Jiff”, Ron Pawlenty “The Pawlenty Guy” and Doc Thronson. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Crawford “Charlie Blucose”, Lige Crawford “Hootman”, Jeff Egelkraut “Otto”, Kurt Koroschetz “Klausetto” , Tom Wilcox, Dan Skrypek, Jay Winger Wingnut, Clayton Koskela, David Thronson, Nathan Thronson, Richard Baxter and Robert Baxter. Interment was in Long Lake Community Cemetery. Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Homes.

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