William Richard Crawford

William Richard Crawford

May 17, 1935 - April 23, 2020
Chesterfield, VA

William Richard Crawford

May 17, 1935 - April 23, 2020
Chesterfield, VA


Colonel William Richard Crawford (Dick)

A devoted husband, father, grandfather and soldier passed away peacefully in his home with his loving wife of 63 years Betty Crawford, and his son Dr. Crawford and his wife Leah Crawford, by his side, smiling as he was guided into the light by his eldest Son, Richard Brandon Crawford who preceded him in April 2013.

A native of Texas, Col Crawford entered the Army in 1954 and served 35 years, having served primarily in the Infantry, 101st Airborne, Special Forces, and Logistics.

Among his numerous awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit (2nd award), the Bronze Star, the meritorious Service Medal (4th award), The Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), The Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Senior Parachutist Badge.

Col Crawford retired from the U.S Army in 1988 and served as the Deputy Director of OSHA for the state of Virginia until 2000. He and his wife made their home in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, shooting, cooking, and most of all, taking care of his family.

An amazing man who will be dearly missed by his wife, son, his two grand- daughters, Anna and Katie Crawford, and Kato, his beloved cat, as well as those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Due to COVID restrictions, a private service will be held Tuesday, 28 April at Morrissett Funeral Home ( for the family and visitation with friends and family will be on Thursday at the family home. For more information, please contact the family at

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6 responses to William Richard Crawford

  1. Verta Blake says:

    Betty, we are so sorry about the loss of your husband, Dick.
    We will be praying for you and your family. God be with you. Dona dn Verta B;ale

    1. Michael King says:

      Betty, we were saddened to hear about Dick. How amazing to have shared 63 years of marriage. We are remembering you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with strength and comfort in the days to come.
      Michael and Pam King

  2. So sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed the visits we had over the years.

  3. Aunt Betty, Todd, and Crawford family,
    Please know that you will be on our hearts and in our prayers. May God surround you with the peace that only he can provide. God bless you all! Love, Jennifer and Dennis Jenkins and Family

  4. Our sincere condolences. We will always remember Richard and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Nancy and I were so saddened about Dicks’s death. I remember when he first arrived at DGSC. We were about to depart on a two-week vacation. Dick took command while we were gone. I never gave any thought to worrying about things, because a fellow Ordnance officer was in charge. He had just come from Anniston Army Depot where he had been Director of Maintenance — a job I would have loved to have had. Our time together at DGSC was memorable because he and Betty became good friends. We had so much in common. We share your loss of a faithful husband and father. He will be fondly remembered.

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