OLDTOWN-Franklin S. Crabtree, 83, from Oldtown, Maryland, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 at The Lions Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care.
Born October 18, 1936 in Oldtown, he was the son of the late Frank and Sylvia (Robertson) Crabtree.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Ray Crabtree.
He is survived by his son, Frank W. Crabtree and wife Tiffany, Oldtown, and daughter Angela Brailer, Cresaptown. He is survived by four grandchildren, Preston, Laryssa, and Frank Crabtree, and Mya Brailer. One sister, Deloris Koon, Winchester, VA, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Frank was a retired member of the Maryland Army National Guard, serving 43 years and retiring as a Master Sergeant. He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Maryland Commendation Medal. He was an expert rifleman and one of the tops in personal physical fitness. He performed additional annual trainings, assisting with and instructing officer candidate school in land navigation and map reading for 15 years. Frank, in conjunction with his Guard service, had a full time federal civil service position with the Guard for 35 years. He was awarded a certificate of merit for no loss of time for illness from March 1959 to December 1994.
After retirement from the Guard, Frank was employed by Scarpelli’s Funeral Home.
He attended Oldtown School and received his Maryland High School Diploma while serving in the guard.
Frank was an active member of the Oldtown Bethel Assembly of God Church, were he served in the past as Deacon, Trustee, Sunday school teacher, youth worker, van driver, and the worship leader for 46 years.
Frank was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved walking in the great outdoors. He loved playing tennis and basketball.
Due to these unprecedented times, a private service will be held. Pastor Steve Nelson of Oldtown Bethel Assembly of God will be officiating. At a later time, a memorial service will be held to honor his life.
Honoring Frank’s request, arrangements are being handled by his friend, Brad Duffy of Bradley J. Duffy Funeral Home, P.A. A friendship founded at Scarpelli’s.
Interment will be at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery.
The family of Frank Crabtree would like to extend their sincere thankfulness and gratitude to the Lions Center staff for the care Frank received while he resided there.
Condolences in Frank’s Memory may be left at www.bjduffyfuneralhome.com