Gary Lee Crowe, 70, Nevada, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. Gary was born January 14, 1949 in Pontiac, MI to Vernon and Wanda (Karnes) Crowe. He was united in marriage to Jo Lynne Austin in Springfield, MO on August 20, 1989 and she survives of the home.
Gary grew up in Michigan and graduated from Waterford-Kettering High School in Waterford, MI, Class of 1967. He entered military service in 1967 and began active duty in 1968 where he served for a period of 12 years with the United States Air Force. In 1981 he spent one year in the Air Force Reserves. In 1989 Gary joined the Army Reserves in Springfield, MO and during that time he was called into active duty and was deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After finishing his military career with the Missouri Air National Guard in St. Joseph MO, Gary began his civilian career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He served as program director for Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield and was also the Director of Substance Abuse Services at the Sigma House in Springfield. Gary and Jo Lynne have resided in Nevada, MO since 2016.
In addition to his wife Jo Lynne Crowe of the home, he is survived by five children: Jeremy Crowe and his wife Claudia, Wake Forest, NC, Julie Crowe, Springfield, MO, Tiffany Manley and her husband Jeremy, Springfield, MO, Tyler Parrack and his wife Sara, Nevada, MO, Lucas Crowe and his wife Kaylia, Joplin, MO; grandchildren, Guinevere, Victoria, Ethan, Austin Madison, Cooper, Mallorie, Brendan, Colt, Mayscie, Case, Noah, Carson, Kade, Phoenix; siblings, Rhonda Bailey, Evensville, TN, Randall Crowe and his wife Vicki, Evensville, TN, Robert Crowe and his wife Angela, Brookfield, TX; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vern Crowe and Bennie Crowe; and one brother-in-law, Richard Bailey.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Tom Rea officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. The family will receive friends from 6-7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.
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