Edsel ”Ed” Dean Crabtree


Published Feb 28, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Jan. 4, 1931 - Feb. 24, 2013

Long time Bend resident, Ed Crabtree died February 24, 2013 at the age of 82. Ed was born in Osceola, Missouri on January 4, 1931 to Dillard and Edna Crabtree. He was an only child, and at 16 years old, Ed and his mother moved to Bend, Oregon, in 1948. Ed married Bette Jean Franek on March 10, 1951. He joined the US Army soon after and served in the Korean War as a mechanic. Ed is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bette, sons, Jim of Canby, Mike of Bend, daughter, Cathy (and Lynn) Shores of Bend, three granddaughters, Christy (and Jon) Rumgay, Jenny (and Spencer) Cashwell, Morgan Crabtree and two great-granddaughters.

Ed worked many years in the lumber industry and after 22 with the City of Bend Street Department, he retired in 1991. Ed and his wife, Bette have traveled frequently by RV around the United States and throughout Alaska. Ed was an active member of the Central Oregon Old Car Club and the Deschutes Pioneer Association. He loved to travel, camp, hunt and fish, but his greatest love was restoring old rusty cars. He completed four restorations and won many awards over the years.

A celebration of his life will be held at Niswonger-Reynolds chapel at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2013. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy, PO Box 1898, Redmond, OR 97756.