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Lloyd B. Crawford

November 4, 1935 — April 11, 2017

Obituary for Lloyd B. Crawford November 4, 1935 - April 11, 2017 Lloyd B Crawford, 81, of Grayling, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was born in Grayling, on November 4, 1935, to Paul and Mabel (Kellogg) Crawford. He married Helen (Sorenson) Shepherd on July 15, 1960. Lloyd was a graduate of Grayling High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War Era. His pride of country, and in the military, were significant throughout his life. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Grayling. Lloyd enjoyed shooting tournament archery with his wife and friends during his many years of employment at the Bear Archery and then moved on to the Crawford AuSable Schools for 14 ½ years. He maintained contact with many of the students from his bus route, who affectionately referred to him as Mr. C. Lloyd and Helen traveled extensively all over the country, including a 1300 mile motorcycle trip around the parameter of Lake Superior. They wintered in Florida and Arizona for many years. He enjoyed the beauty of nature which continued through the years as he and Helen resided on the banks of the AuSable, creating many great family memories while canoeing and kayaking on the AuSable and North Branch. Lloyd was an avid hunter and sportsman. He was a hardworking and resourceful man who enjoyed building houses, making custom frames, woodworking, Corvettes, metal-detecting, and collecting unique items. Lloyd was a die-hard sports fan of the University of Michigan, as well as the Detroit Lions, Pistons, Tigers, and Red Wings. He enjoyed meeting and talking with people, and spending time with his family and friends. Lloyd also enjoyed pool and was enthusiastic in his pursuit of the craft. He played on several pool leagues in the area. If you stopped by his house and had a moment to talk, then you had a moment to play a game with him. Lloyd was a heart-transplant survivor and enjoyed a special relationship with his donor family. Lloyd is survived by his five children; Terry (Penny) Shepherd, Gary Shepherd, and David (Sharon) Shepherd of Grayling, Bob (Gen) Shepherd, and Becky (David) Crawford of Traverse City, nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and special friend, Nancy Cox of Grayling. Also surviving are four sisters-in-laws; Sandra Lowe of Traverse City, Nancy Niederer and Joyce Sorenson of Grayling, and Dorothy Sorenson of Washington, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his heart donor family, the Schaaf family of Laingsburg. Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 2007, his parents, all of his siblings, brothers Jim (Betty) Crawford, Skip (Frieda) Crawford, Gene (Marion) Crawford, Tom (Nettie) Crawford, Ted (Nannie) Crawford; and sisters Norma (Bill) Francisco and Anita (Jim) Myers. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Scholarship Fund at Post 106 in Grayling. A service will be held at a later date. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Lloyd B. Crawford, please visit our flower store.


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