CARBONDALE - George H. "Buddy" Crippen was born July 20, 1926, to William Arthur and Agnes Schuler Crippen. He died in August of 2007.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
George is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty Goins Crippen; their sons, Steve Crippen and his wife, Sheila, and their son, Scott Wright, all of Carterville; Bill Crippen and his wife, Joyce, and their sons, Eric and Jay and Jay's wife, Billie, all of Carbondale; and Larry Crippen and his wife Gina, and theirs sons, Kevin and Clay, all of Mooresville, N.C.
George moved to Ocala Florida following his retirement in Carbondale. In his retirement, George enjoyed being an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Ocala, serving on numerous committees and various offices for the church. He worked with the youth leaders and their projects and the church's missions in the community. George also participated with the local Habitat for Humanity. He was also an active member of the golfing community, serving several terms as Marshal for the Oldsmobile Classic Tournament. George was a member of the 18th Hole Men's Golf Association serving on their board and also serving a term as treasurer. George also served on the Entertainment Committee at On Top of the World serving a term as treasurer.
George is a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Elks as well as Veteran of Foreign Wars, having served in the Air Force during World War II.
Before retirement, George and his wife, Betty, lived in Carbondale, Illinois. In Carbondale, he was an active member of the First United Methodist Church as well as many community civic organizations.
George was longtime member of Carbondale' financial community. He began his long association with Carbondale Savings and Loan in 1966 retiring as executive vice president and managing officer.
During his career in the financial world, Crippen had several posts with savings and loans organizations. He served on the Illinois Savings and Loan League Board of Directors from 1977 through 1980. He was also president of the Egyptian Council of Savings and Loan Association.
Prior to being a part of Carbondale's financial community, George worked for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad for 21 years and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. While in Southern Illinois, George also served as president of the Carbondale Lions Club, was a member of Carbondale Industrial Corp. and was a member of Carbondale Public Library Board. George also served many years on the committee that founded Operation After Prom serving as treasurer for that organization.
George H. Crippen will be greatly missed by his wife, children, his grandchildren, his many friends and church members.
A memorial service for George will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2007, in the First United Methodist Church of Ocala.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Marion Co., P.O. box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478.