PHILLIP L. CROWL
HUMBOLDT – Funeral services for Phillip L. Crowl, 82, of Humboldt will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt with burial at the Indian Mound Cemetery, rural Humboldt. Graveside Military rites to be performed by Sathers-Odgaard VFW Post 5240 and American Legion Adams Post #119. Visitation with the family will be on Friday from 4 to 7 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of the arrangements.
Phillip Lyle Crowl was born March 20, 1930 in Goldfield, Wright County, Iowa. He was the youngest of four children to Herbert and Lenore (Debord) Crowl. He was baptized June 8, 1930 at the Goldfield Methodist Church by Pastor D. M. Simpson; and was confirmed April 8, 1945 by Rev. Fred M. Schultz of the Goldfield United Methodist Church. He attended school in Goldfield, Iowa and graduated with the class of 1948. Following graduation, Phil served in the U. S. Navy from December 10, 1948 December 9, 1949 aboard the escort Carrier USS Bairoko CVE 115; Naval reserves from December 10, 1949 May 7, 1952; served as a seaman during the Korean War from May 8, 1952 December 18, 1953; and was in the inactive reserves from December 19, 1953 December 18, 1957.
He was united in marriage while on leave from the Navy to Wilma Loretta Lehman on November 2, 1952 at the bride’s home. The couple then made their home in San Diego, California; while Phil was serving in the U. S. Naval Beach Group One Coronado. The couple resided in Dakota City, Iowa from 1954 1956, and then from 1956 present in Humboldt, Iowa. Phil worked for W & H Co-op Oil Company for 27 years, Hy-Capacity, Garrison Ford, Humboldt Community Schools for 13 years, and retired in June 1995. He worked other various jobs after retirement including John’s Ag Service and working with his son at Bruce’s Funeral Home, Fort Dodge.
Phil was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, had participated in the Humboldt and area barbershop choruses, volunteered for the Food Share Program, and was a member of the American Legion Adams Post 119. Music was always an important part of Phil’s life and he shared that love with his family. He enjoyed bus trips with Wilma, spending time with family, working in his wood shop, and meeting and joking with friends several times a week at Hy-Vee.
Survivors include his children: Bret and Candace Crowl, of Ackley, Colleen Lundgren and Bob Petersen of Sutherland; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Stefan, and Ian Crowl of Fort Dodge, Kara Rewerts of Waverly, Matthew Rewerts of Ackley, Drew Green and Allie Lundgren of Sutherland; five great-grandchildren, Emma Mathis and Bentley Green of Fort Dodge; Vernon Gebers III, Sariah Lee, and Emmett Green of Sutherland; one brother, Ray and Ruby Crowl of East Dubuque, IL, sister-in-law Bonnie Crowl of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 57 years and best friend, Wilma; his sister Dorothy Pletcher Jones; and his brother Robert Crowl.
Phil died on February 1, 2013 at the Humboldt North Care Center with his family by his side after a lengthy battle with end-stage renal failure. He was 82 years, 10 months, and 11 days old. Phil’s family and friends who love him will forever miss his kindness, guidance, generosity, and his infectious sense of humor.