He was born November 20, 1921 in Turley, MO, son of Fred and Ada (Jackson) Crabtree. He was married to Ellen Realmuto on May 2, 1941.
Jim was an active member of the Ben Davis Church of Christ. He was a veteran, serving in WWII with the United States Navy. He was an operating engineer in St. Louis, MO for many years. When he retired they moved to his farm near Plato, MO.
Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening and farming. He played “the fiercest game of Pitch” in the country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Vernon and Leonard; his wife Ellen, and children Freddie Crabtree and Carol Sliter.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Crabtree, they were united in marriage on September 3, 2000 at Embree Community Church, one sister Edna Thompson of Peyson, AZ, a son J.R. (James Ray) and Ronda Crabtree of Marshfield, MO, son-in-law Robert Sliter of Maryland Heights, MO, daughter-in-law Jenny Faye Crabtree of Florissant, MO; Grandchildren: Rick and Cindy Mendoza of Webster Groves, MO, Will and Paula Milligan of Lake St. Louis, MO, Brian Crabtree of Florissant, MO, Shaun and Julie Beam of Mansfield, OH, Cody Crabtree and Kelsey Woodland of Jefferson City, MO, and Holly Crabtree and Danny Howerton of Lebanon, MO; Great Grandchildren: Jacqlynn and Ella Milligan of Lake St Louis, MO, Caden and Bristol Crabtree; Step children: Jerry and Twila Wade of Wahoo, NE, Don and Lola Massey of Lynchburg, MO, Connie (and late husband Pete) Lubina of Lebanon, MO, and Danny and Teresa Clark of Lebanon, MO, numerous step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be Sun. April 6, from 2-4 PM in Evans Funeral Home, Houston, MO. Services will be Mon. April 7, at 10 AM in Evans Funeral Home. Bro. Ed Williamson and Bro. Wade Perryman will officiate with burial in the McBride Cemetery. Pallbearers are Rick Mendoza, Will Milligan, Brian Crabtree, Cody Crabtree, Don Massey and Danny Clark; Honorary Pallbearers are Caden Crabtree and Bristol Crabtree. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to McBride Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.