The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


July 10, 2014

Harry 'Junior' Crippen

Harry ‘Junior’ Crippen

Oct. 21, 1929 - July 7, 2014

CLINTON — Harry “Junior” Crippen, 84, of Clinton, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 11th at the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.

Junior was born in Delhi, Iowa on October 21, 1929, the son of Harry and Jessie Mae (McElwain) Crippen. Harry married Leaneta Portwine and had eight children. He later married Pauline Ralston who passed away in 1980.

Harry and Phyllis Carstensen wed in 1981. Junior farmed off and on his entire life. He was also employed with National By-Products for 8 years, M&O Railroad, and a couple lumber yards. Junior enjoyed tractors and going to farm auctions.

Harry is survived by his wife Phyllis, 5 daughters: Carol (Ed) Knight, Debra (Gary) Bute, Glory Kaegbein all of Cedar Rapids, Pat (James) Evans of Shells-burg, IA and Barbara (Roger) Miller of Hiawatha, IA; 3 sons: Don (Joan) Crippen and Roger Crippen both of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Ron (Debbie) Crippen of Marion, IA; 6 step-children: Dollie Kunde, Jess Ralston, Butch Ralston, Paul Ralston, John (Sandi) Ralston and John (Karen) Carstensen; 25 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a special helper Joey.

Junior was preceded in death by two former wives, several step children, a great-granddaughter, two brothers, three sisters, two nieces, and two nephews.

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Death date: July 7, 2014

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