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Ernest Eugene Crabtree, age 81, of West Jefferson, Ohio, passed from this life on Thursday, October 14, 2021.
Born August 26, 1940, in Cove of Jackson County, Ohio. He was one of 5 children of Ralph Franklin Crabtree and Victoria Maria (Perkins) Crabtree, Kline.
At the death of his father, Ernie was 5 years old and raised with his brother Everett by his grandparents, Arthur Jordan and Cora Emma (Brown) Crabtree.
On June 13th, 1959, he was united in marriage with Betty Jean Thacker of Scioto County. They were married 59 years when Betty preceded him on January 8, 2019.
He is survived by his 2 children: Ernest Keith Crabtree, and Melisa Gail (Crabtree) Tzouanakis married to John Tzouanakis; 4 grandchildren: Bailey Louise(Tzouanakis) Szubinsky married to Brian Szubinsky, Kaylee Marie (Crabtree) Keeling Married to Michael Keeling, Kory Matthew Crabtree married to Riley Pauline (Benson) Crabtree: 4 great-grandchildren: Brody John Szubinski, Berkeley Lake Szubinski, Keegan Pauline Crabtree, and Grayson Michael Keeling; Also survived by a half-sister: Mary (Kline) Pitts and brother-in-law Scott Parsons: numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Everett Crabtree, sister Joan (Crabtree) Parsons, sister Dorothy (Crabtree/Fife) Boggs, brother Roger (Nee Crabtree) Cooper, and half-brother John Cline.
Ernie was a humble man. His passion was working on cars, pulling tractors, and just about anything to do with a motor. He was lucky enough to have some of his grade school friends who would still visit him and stay in touch.
He worked at Westinghouse for years until he opened the body shop. He would help or give anyone who needed it the shirt off his back.
He will be forever in our hearts.
Arrangements by: Rader-McDonald-Tidd Funeral Home, 1355 W. Main Street, West Jefferson, OH, 43162, (614) 879-9222. Please visit www.radermcdonaldtiddfuneralhome.com to share your favorite memory of Ernie or to send your condolences to the Crabtree family.
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