Louis “Tinker” Crawford of Bradford died December 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 30th at Long Lake Lutheran Church with Rev. Matt Flom officiating. A visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Sunday, December 29th AT LONG LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH, and also one hour prior to the service Monday at church. Interment will be in Long Lake Community Cemetery.
Louis Paul Crawford “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 passed away peacefully on December 25, 2013 Christmas Day at his home in Bradford, with his family at his side at the age of 76 years, 1 month and 23 days. 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 so suddenly. Sadly it did.
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 world…he will be missed.