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Kenneth L. Crabb, 90, lifelong resident of Brazil, passed away at Exceptional Living Center of Brazil on Nov. 12, 2017. Kenny was born March 4, 1927, the son of Fred L. and Gladys F. (West) Crabb.
He graduated from Brazil High School with the Class of 1945. Kenny married Phyllis Harrison on June 19, 1949. He served his country during World War II as well as the Korean War in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged in 1952 as a staff sergeant. Kenny was a proud graduate of Indiana State University where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees and had significant hours beyond his master's.
Mr. Crabb's educational career was dedicated for 39 years to Brazil and Clay Community schools. He taught at Pinkley Street Elementary and Jackson Street Elementary. He opened the Meridian Street Elementary School in 1957, and later Forest Park Elementary School in 1965, and served as their principal. He also served as principal at Staunton High School, Ashboro Elementary School, Cory Elementary School, Bowling Green Elementary School, and was Northview High School's first principal. Mr. Crabb served many years as an assistant superintendent of Clay Community Schools and retired from education as Forest Park Elementary School principal in 1991. Mr. Crabb decided to continue his service to the community. Shortly following retiring from Clay Community Schools he ran for and was elected Mayor of Brazil. He served three consecutive terms retiring in 2003. During his tenure as mayor he was instrumental in creating Christmas in the Park, The Popcorn Festival, and enhancing Brazil's water system.
His social involvements included a nearly 58-year membership with the Brazil Rotary Club, where he was a past president and had been awarded the Paul Harris Fellow, and a lengthy tenure with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. As mayor, he served on numerous county and regional advisory boards. Mr. Crabb currently was serving as the president of the Brazil Township Advisory Board. He had been a long time member of the First Christian Church where he served as trustee.
Mr. Crabb is survived by three children, Chuck Crabb and wife Madeline of Bloomington, Cindy Hankey and husband Fred of Annapolis, Md., and Casey Crabb and wife Chris of Monticello; grandchildren, David Schwab and wife Katie of Greensboro, N.C., Dan Schwab and wife Melissa of Arnold, Md., Adam Crabb of Monticello, and Justin Crabb of Monticello; great-grandchildren, Oliver Schwab, Lucas Schwab, Bridget Schwab, Colin Schwab, and Tyler Schwab; three siblings, Harriett June Crabb of Brazil, Charlotte R. Crabb of Brazil, Larry R. Crabb and wife Nancy of Monticello; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends.
Mr. Crabb was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his parents; three siblings, Ruth Crabb, William Crabb and John Thomas Crabb.
Visitation for Mayor Crabb will be at Lawson - Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil, Ind., 47834 on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, from 5 to 9 p.m. Services will be at the funeral home, Friday, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Mark Grayless officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay Community Parks Association, P.O. Box 308, Brazil, IN 47834. To light a candle in his memory visit:
Published on November 15, 2017
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