The Ottumwa Courier


March 8, 2013

Leonard Crafton, 79, Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM — Leonard Dwayne “Hard Rock” Crafton, 79, of Birmingham, died March 5, 2013, at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.

Leonard was born Jan. 14, 1934, at Birmingham, the son of Samuel Walter and Bertha Ellen Pickerel Crafton. He married Shirley Ann Carter in July 1959.

He live all of his life in the Birmingham community and graduated from Birmingham High School in 1952. He served in the military during the Korean War.

Leonard worked at American Chain and Cable Company in Fairfield for 25 years. He also worked at Fairfield Aluminum Casting Company in Fairfield and served as town marshal for Birmingham. He coached Little League baseball and women’s softball. He was a Golden Glove boxer in his younger years and was an avid hunter, fisherman and coon hunter.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Peggy (Charlie) Lee and Lorie (Bill) Sickels, both of Birmingham; three sons, Terry (Mary Haynes) Crafton and Marlon Crafton, both of Birmingham, and Michael Crafton of Fairfield; four grandsons, Travis (Elizabeth) Dimmitt of Maryville, Mo., Dustin (Janie) Sickles, Kyle Crafton and Miles Crafton, all of Birmingham; three great-grandchildren, Mattie and Charlie Dimmitt and Teagan Sickles; and two sisters, Marilyn (Ralph) Rettig of Wever and Idora Crafton of Keosauqua.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Roy, Robert, Kenneth, Paul and Raymond Crafton; and three sisters, Mildred Brown, Marjorie Jarmes and Joann Jones.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Raymond Funeral Home in Birmingham; with Pastor Danny Cary officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery in Birmingham following cremation.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Birmingham.

Memorials have been established to the Physical Therapy Department and the Respiratory Therapy Department at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.

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