Paris Beacon News (Ill.)
Ad Allen Crable Jr., 77, of Waynesboro, Va., died Thursday in the Shenandoah House, Fishersville, after a short illness.
Bud, as he was called by most, was married to Charlene Pothuisje Crable. They would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Sept. 19.
Born in Paris, Ill., on Sept. 22, 1933, he was the son of the late Ad Allen and Wanda Samford Crable.
A graduate of Paris High School and Millikin University, he was employed by Du Pont de Nemours for 36 years, beginning with a position right out of college in Montague, Mich. He worked in six states and helped with the startup of new plants in Luxembourg and Germany, as well as an expansion in Northern Ireland. When he retired in 1991, he was manager of engineering for general services in Du Pont’s corporate offices in Wilmington, Del. His responsibilities included labs, office buildings, country clubs and the Hotel du Pont.
After retiring, he moved back to Waynesboro, where he and his wife built a retirement home and spent time on such passions as family, woodworking and fishing, as well as hunting, where he was admired as an excellent wingshot and where he met some of his closest friends.
A mountain vacation home in West Virginia became an epicenter for family gatherings, mostly revolving around outdoor activities. He expressed surprise that his family wanted to spend so much time with him.
“My greatest reward in life was strong beliefs and the love of my wife, friends and children,” he said shortly before he died.
He held present or past memberships in the Lions Club, Association of General Contractors, Elks Club and First Presbyterian Church Waynesboro. He has been a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher at various churches.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Anne Hurt and her husband Al, of Roanoke; four children, Wesley Trent Crable of Washington, D.C., Brett Crable and his wife, Jan, of Richmond, Holly Graver and her husband, Rich, of Chester Springs, Pa., and Ad A. Crable III, and his wife, Jennifer Kopf, of Lancaster, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, Natalie Roush and husband Mark, of Danville, Ky., Candice Summerford and husband Mark, of Auburn, Ala., Logan Crable, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Connor and Aric Crable, of Richmond, Allison Moten, and husband Warris, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Hannah and Lena Crable, of Lancaster, Pa., and Ryan and Phil Graver, of Boyertown, Pa.; two great-grandchildren, Tristan Crable Roush, of Danville, Ky., and Laynie Ann Summerford, of Auburn, Ala.; brother-in-law Craig Pothuisje and wife Barbara, of Bradenton, Fla.; and sister-in-law Sharon Pothuisje Fawcett and husband Douglas, of Royston, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 877, Waynesboro, VA, 22980, or Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah, 64 Sports Medicine Dr., Fishersville, VA, 22939.