Charles “Kenneth” Crabill, 81 of Keosauqua died on Tuesday October 26, 2021 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. In accordance with his wishes his body was donated to the University of Iowa Deeded Body program. Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on November 11, 2021 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua with Larry Shipley and Sally Barrett officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service beginning at 10AM at the funeral home. Private burial of cremains will be at a later date in Thompson Cemetery with military rites by Sargeant-Osweiler Post No. 563 American Legion, Bonaparte. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or Van Buren County Hospital Cardiac Rehab may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at P.O. Box 516, Keosauqua, IA 52565.
Kenneth was born on August 31, 1940 in Ferris, IL to James and Mildred Thompson Crabill. He lived in many locations during his early childhood years in both Illinois and Southeast Iowa due to his father’s career as a farm hand. Most of his later childhood years were spent in Henry, Louisa and Des Moines Counties. During high school his family lived in the New London area and he graduated from Morning Sun High School in the class of 1958. Shortly after graduation Kenneth joined the Navy where he was stationed in Newfoundland as a crew member of an early warning flight crew. After his time was up in the Navy in 1961, he moved to Burlington and started work at Sylvania Manufacturing and later at General Electric. During this time, he met his wife to be, Joann, they were married on June 1, 1962 in the Bonaparte Baptist Church. The couple then moved to Morning Sun. In 1968 the family moved to Bonaparte where he farmed and was a Dekalb Seed Dealer until retirement due to health issues in 2010 and they moved from the farm to their current home in Keosauqua. Kenneth had been a United Methodist Church last supper performer for many years and a member of the Bonaparte United Church. He also was a former Bonaparte Lions Club Member, active in Sargeant-Osweiler Post 563 American Legion, was a Harmony School Board member, on the Van Buren County Soil and Water Conservation, Van Buren County Supervisor Boards and was a member of the Iowa Pork Producers.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joann of Keosauqua, two daughters, Lisa Crabill (Patrick) of Des Moines and Melissa (Roy) Truly of Kaufman, TX, a brother, Don (Carol) of Red Bud, IL, two granddaughters, Julianna Thomas of Poughkeepsie, NY and Addison Truly of Kaufman, TX, a AFS daughter, Xenia Rodriguez of Honduras, many nieces and nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, John and Dean Crabill, three sisters, Doris Crabill in infancy, Donna Jean Smith and Joan Mathers.