- January 14, 1934 - March 5, 2013
- Birmingham, Iowa
of Leonard's Passing
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“Thinking of all of you today. My prayers are with all of you. Love, Karlene
1 of 8 | Posted by: Karlene Keleher - Niece
“So sorry for your loss of a great man. He will be missed greatly. Thoughts and prayers with all of you.
2 of 8 | Posted by: Sherry Smith - Ottumwa, IA
“Shirley and Family,
So sorry to learn of your loss. I bet he and Mom are having a good chat. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
3 of 8 | Posted by: Bev O'Brien - Fairfield, IA
“We used to be neighbor's with the Crafton family.Hardrock always was a great friend and cousin. He was a great guy and will be missed by the whole...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Charlotte & Bill Weaver - IA
“we haven't known leonard long but really enjoyed the shared birthday parties and getting to know him,prayers to the family.
6 of 8 | Posted by: virgil and janice ledger - IA
“My thoughts and prayers to the whole family at this difficult time. Hard Rock will be missed by many.
7 of 8 | Posted by: Nadine Dille - Fairfield, IA
“My prayers and thoughts go out to the family and especially to Kyle and Miles. Memories are always in the heart.
8 of 8 | Posted by: Sherry Hunter - Iowa City, IA
Obituary - Birmingham
Leonard Dwayne "Hard Rock" Crafton, age 79 of Birmingham died
Tuesday March 5, 2013 at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.
Leonard was born January 14, 1934 at Birmingham, the son of Samuel Walter & Bertha Ellen Pickerel Crafton.
He live all of his life in the Birmingham community and graduated from Birmingham High School in 1952.
He married Shirley Ann Carter in July, 1959.
He served in the military during the Korean War.
Leonard worked at American Chain and Cable Company in Fairfield for 25 years.
He also worked at Fairfield Aluminum Casting Company in Fairfield and served as
town marshal for Birmingham. He coached Little League Baseball and women's softball,
He was a Golden Glove boxer in his younger years and was an avid hunter, fisherman and coonhunter.
Deceased family members include his parents, 5 brothers: Roy, Robert, Kenneth, Paul and Raymond Crafton; and 3 sisters: Mildred Brown, Marjorie Jarmes and Joann Jones.
Surviving are his wife Shirley,; 2 daughters Peggy (Charlie) Lee , Lorie ( Bill ) Sickels, both of Birmingham; 3 sons: Terry ( Mary Haynes) Crafton of Birmingham , Michael Crafton of Fairfield and Marlon Crafton of Birmingham.
4 grandsons: Travis (Elizabeth) Dimmitt of Maryville, Missouri, Dustin ( Janie ) Sickles, Kyle Crafton and Miles Crafton, all of Birmingham. 3 great grandchildren: Mattie and Charlie Dimmitt and Teagan Sickles, 2 sisters: Marilyn ( Ralph) Rettig of Wever, Iowa
and Idora Crafton of Keosauqua.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Sunday, March 10th at the Raymond Funeral Home in Birmingham with Pastor Danny Cary officiating. Burial will be at a later date at
Maple Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, following cremation
The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home in Birmingham.
Memorials have been established to the Physical Therapy Department and the Respiratory Therapy Department at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.
The arrangements are in the care of the Raymond Funeral Home in Birmingham.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.raymondfuneralhomes.com.
112 West Burlington Ave. Fairfield, IA 52556
Tel. (641) 472-3176