Jerry Crowe, 82, of Cassville, Missouri, passed peacefully Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born on August 22, 1936, in Enid, Oklahoma, the son of V.V. and Marie (Woolsey) Crowe. On November 12, 1967, he was united in marriage to Anne Koon, who survives. Also surviving are one sister, Vera Ross of Kaneohe, Hawaii; one brother-in-law, William J. “Bill” Koon and his wife Laura of League, Texas; one niece, Julia Junkin of Bend, Oregon; three nephews, Jay Junkin and his wife Tory, of Bend, Oregon, Kegan Ross of Kaneohe, Hawaii and Ian Ross of Seattle, Washington and his friends, Kim Kenney, Gerald Houston, Wes and Stacey Harris and Wayne “Dog” and Terrica Whitmore.
Jerry grew up in Cassville where he graduated from high school in 1954. Jerry served his country in both the Navy and the Air Force. During his Navy enlistment he was part of the Maiden Voyage on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. After his military service Jerry returned to Cassville and went into the restaurant business with his mother “Ma Crowe”. He also owned and operated restaurants in Shell Knob, Neosho and Springfield and was active in the Missouri and National restaurant associations. Jerry got his private pilot’s license, co-owning a plane that he used for both business and personal travel. He enjoyed skiing, motorcycles, motocross and stock car racing.
After the restaurant ownership ended, Jerry began his Chef career at resorts in Scottsdale, Arizona. Then on to the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands and Saipan Northern Marianas Islands. While in Saipan he built the first wooden house on the island and started his woodturning adventures. While in the Islands he and Anne enjoyed scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and many travels to Asia, including China.
Jerry and Anne returned to Barry County in 1988 settling on the family farm. They opened and operated De Ole Garage Antique Mall with Duane and Jan Truman in the former Blalack-Koon Chevrolet dealership building.
Jerry ventured into Emu farming as well as opening Crowe’s Good Eats Café at Hilltop. Later he turned to woodturning full time, showing at Fine Art Shows from Minnesota to Key West. Jerry enjoyed meeting new people and talking to them about his art. He also sold his work at galleries across the United States.
Jerry was Co-Founder of the Stateline Woodturners Club where he also served as the Club’s first VP. He was active in club events and mentored many aspiring woodturners to help them grow their skills.
Jerry enjoyed traveling with his wife of 51 years including cruises all over the globe as well as cooking for friends, gardening and many pets.
Memorials may be made to the Haven of the Ozarks in memory of Jerry.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two sisters, Rena Scott and Zella Junkin.
Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Cassville. No services are scheduled at this time.
Visit www.fohnfuneralhome.com for online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences
FOHN FUNERAL HOME