The Ottumwa Courier

March 27, 2013

Avis Crumes, 76, Ottumwa


OTTUMWA — Avis A. Crumes. 76, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Ottumwa, died at her home March 26, 2013.

Born June 19, 1936 in Livonia, Mo., Avis was the daughter of Birney and Seryice (Snediger) Landtiser. She attended Ottumwa High School. On Aug. 8, 1962, Avis was united in marriage to Paul Crumes in Missouri. She worked in restaurants in the Ottumwa area before moving to Cedar Rapids in 1964. She then worked for Farmstead for 19 years until their closing, the Cedar Rapids Public schools in the cafeteria and Kenwood Storage.

Avis’ joys were bowling, going to the casinos and growing flowers. She collected snowmen and Emmett Kelly figurines.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; daughter, Shelley Crumes; brothers, Ron (Pat) Landtiser of Cedar Rapids, Geary (Teri) Landtiser of Portland, Ore., James (Gaye) Landtiser of Ottumwa and Gerald Landtiser of Ottumwa; sister-in-law, Donna Landtiser of Portland, Ore.; and many nieces, nephews and good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Blair E. Burke; brothers, Gilbert Landtiser and Faris Landtiser; sister-in-law, Jane Landtiser; and sister, Sue Ottoboni.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 6 at the Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends following the service. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family in Avis’ memory. Sign the online guestbook for Avis at under obituaries.

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