Dave Crabb

 Memorial service for James David “Dave” Crabb, 81, Lawrence will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2001 at Pioneer Ridge-Health Center.  Mr. Crabb died July 24, 2011 at Pioneer Ridge. 
He was born on December 10, 1929 in Garden City, KS the son of Archie Edward and Genevive (Bishop) Crabb.
Dave was a long time Resident of Garden City where he owned and operated Dave Crabb Electric for over 35 years.  He also was involved in starting the Salvation Army in Garden City.  For his work in the Salvation Army he received The Community Service Award in 1983, the Army of Stars in 1986, the William Booth Award, the highest Civilian Salvation Army award one can receive.  In 1997 Dave was inducted into the Garden City High School Hall of Fame.  In addition to his business he volunteered many hours to the local education system, the Community College and Local Charities.  He was very active in many Community Organizations and Service Clubs.  He was a member of the Kansas National Guard where he was a First Lieutenant.  He also was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Garden City where he served many positions.  Dave was a resident of Pioneer Ridge for over seven years.
He married Mamie Stukey on October 15, 1950 in Garden City, KS.  She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Paul Crabb and wife, Linda, Lawrence, Kansas, Arlen Crabb and wife, Patricia, Aberdeen, Maryland; two daughters, Annette Cody and husband, Larry, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Mary Jo Bevz and husband, Mike, Las Cruces, New Mexico 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.   
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care or Salvation Army in Lawrence and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. Brad Baker on July 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Dave was a great mentor, friend and employer who taught me not only electrical but also life lessons. He will be missed.

    Brad, Sheila and family

  2. Jacquela Garrison on July 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Dear Crabb Family, It was with great regret to hear of Dave’s passing. I also know he is where I hope to be someday. May your love for one another get you through those days ahead without him. He was a wonderful, enduring person and I feel exceptionally fortunate to have met and share wonderful times with him. I have truly missed those times. Jacquela

  3. Linda & Tim Parker on July 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    We wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts & prayers during this sad time. Dave was such a great man & made everyone feel like family. He will be gretly missed by so many.

  4. Norma (Bates) Spangler on July 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My Dad was in
    construction and as a kid I remember he went to Crabb Electric alot to get things he needed, I was with him on weekends especially and I remember going with him and going into the store. Those were fond memories. May God Bless

  5. Deborah Need Noel on July 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Dear Arlin and family, so sorry to hear of your father Daves passing. I remember him well! I bought my first stero system from him at age 13. I remember he let me make weekly payments until I paid it off …he was a great guy and will be missed! Hugs and prayers to you all …always, Debbie Need Noel

  6. Annette Fenton Brown on August 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Dear Crabb Family,

    Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief.

  7. Sue Messerly on August 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

    So sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sue Messerly, Lawrence (formerly of Sublette)

    Linda, I remember the days when we worked together at RCDC.

  8. Allen Gies on August 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Dear Crabb Family,

    I just recently learned of Dave’s passing. Please forgive me for my late condolences.

    I have many fond memories of Dave and Dave Crabb Electric from when I was a very young boy. My father, John Gies worked for Dave and would sometimes take me to work with him. Dave was always very kind and welcoming to me. I remember coming to your house for supper and enjoying your hospitality. Dave was a very good man. I’m so sorry for your loss!

    Allen Gies

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