ESCANABA - C. Richard Crowther, 87, passed away Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Bishop Noa Home.
He was born July 16, 1924, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Keith G. and Alma M. (Neubauer) Crowther. Richard was educated in the public schools of East Waterloo and attended Iowa State College. In 1947, he received his B.S. degree in Forestry.
After six months of employment with the U.S. Forest Service in Ill., and Missouri, he became the associate editor of Naval Stores Review, a trade magazine in New Orleans. In 1948, he moved to Lake Mills, Iowa, where he was editor of the Lake Mills Graphic newspaper.
Richard was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1949 and served for one year before being released from active duty. In 1950, he was recalled to active duty, serving in Japan during the Korean Conflict, with the rank of corporal until his honorable discharge in 1951.
On June 29, 1949, he married Dorothy L. Boardman in Fort Smith, Ark.
Following his service to our country, Richard returned to Lake Mills, Iowa, and continued his employment at the Lake Mills Graphic newspaper. In 1953, he returned to Iowa State College to further his education. During 1954 and 1955, he held a half-time appointment as assistant extension forester with the Iowa State College Agricultural Extension Service. In 1956, he received his M.S. degree in Forest Management. He received an appointment as instructor of forestry at Michigan Technoligical Univeristy and the family took residence in Hancock. Richard continued as a member of the faculty until 1984, retiring with the rank of professor.
In 1965, Richard began studies in a doctoral program at the University of Michigan residing in Ann Arbor with his family for that year. He continued his studies while teaching at Michigan Tech and in 1971, received his Ph.D. degree in Forestry, with specialization in recreation resource management.
In 1992, Dr. and Mrs. Crowther moved to Escanaba where he resided until his death, first residing in Soo Hill and then his final years in the Bishop Noa Home.
Dr. Crowther is survived by one son, Dr. Alan (Debra) Crowther of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Jean (Mark) Rose of Escanaba; one adopted daughter, Nancy Boardman of Greenbelt, Md.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Copper Country and Delta Masonic Lodges, serving as Worshipful Master at both locations, Valley of Marquette Scottish Rite Mason, Ahmed Temple Shrine and R.C. Hatheway Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Patron, former member of the Keweenaw Kiwanis Club, the Society of American Foresters and was an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. For many years, he was a member of the Houghton County Rebublican Committee where he served as treasurer from 1976 to 1980, as chairman.
Richard was an avid bowler beginning with the Tech Faculty League and continuing in Escanaba in the Senior League. In the late 70s be became a motorcycle enthusiast, joining four motorcycle clubs: American Motorcycle Association, Christian Motorcycle Association, the Retreads and U.P. Chiefs. Richard and Dorothy enjoyed many happy miles on the road together.
One of Richard's great loves was traveling for family vacations and to visit family throughout the entire United States, especially Texas where his son Alan and family lived and abroad when his daughter, Nancy lived in Portugal with her husband, Manuel Pereira and family. Family was paramount in Richard's life, enjoying time spent with his children, grandchildren and eventually, great-gandchildren. The large Rose family holiday gatherings were a "Great Hit!"
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Jean A. Earhart; and wife Dorothy.
A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Masonic Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 1 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of C. Richard Crowther will take place at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Scott White officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the family at andersonfuneralhomes.net.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ahmed Temple Shrine Transportation Fund for children.