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Carl Eugene Crees, son of Michael Samuel and Ruth Lavern (Ellars) Crees, was born on the family farm in Decatur County, Iowa on May 10, 1939. He grew up in the Grand River area and graduated from Beaconsfield high school in 1957. He was working at Adams Ranch in Odebolt, Iowa when he met his future bride. On June 10, 1961 he married Carol Birchard at the Methodist church in Hornick, Iowa. They lived in Davenport, Iowa where they were blessed with two children, Craig and Cathy.

In 1974 they moved to southern Iowa when Carl went into the auto parts business with his brother-in-law, Ralph Jones. Carl became an active member of many organizations, including the Leon Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce. He was given the Citizen of the Year award in 1989.

Carl retired when he sold the Jones & Crees Auto Supply business in 2001. He and his wife, Carol, enjoyed traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren, including taking them on their vacations. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and bragged about them to anyone who would listen. He also enjoyed playing golf and other activities at the Leon Country Club and going to Central Decatur ball games. He was always learning new things and did a lot of research on the Internet. He often went to coffee with his friends to find out the ‘news’ and he enjoyed driving cars for Big Doug.

Carl passed away in the Decatur County Hospital on February 16, 2013 at the age of 73. Preceding him in death were his parents; infant brother, Clarence; brother, Willis; sister, Patricia, and brothers-in-law, Ralph Jones and Duane Poore. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carol, of 51 years; children, Craig and Dinah Crees of Hinton, Iowa and Cathy and James Cornell of Leon, Iowa; grandchildren, Devin, Janie and Emily Cornell of Leon, Iowa and Nolan and Logan Crees of Hinton, Iowa; sisters, Barbara Jones of Leon, Iowa and Willa Poore of Mount Ayr, Iowa; brothers, Kenneth and Bonnye Crees of Pinetop, Arizona and LeRoy and Velma Crees of Brownstown, Indiana; sisters-in-law, Peggy Crees of Dysart, Iowa, Lucile and Ron Lapin of Madison, Wisconsin and Ruth Lloyd of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law, David and Jane Birchard of Roseburg, Oregon, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon with Rev. Rick Hawkins officiating Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery near Grand River, Iowa. 

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