William “Bill” Frederick Crull, 99, of South Bend passed away on Monday, June 13, 2022. Bill was born in Irvine, PA, on April 28, 1923, to the late Harold and Frances (McIntyre) Crull. On May 28, 1977, he married the former Marie Roempagel who preceded him in death on January 8, 2022. Bill is survived by his children, Ezra (Delores) Crull, Cindy (Caesar) Audelo, James Crull, Pamela Ann (Greg) Much, Chuck (Maureen) Bybee and Debra (Eric) Schaefer; 9 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a brother, James Norman Crull.
Bill proudly served in the USCG Merchant Marines from 1943-1951 where he served on 10 ships at ports in 20 different countries. After spending 3 months in boot camp at St. Petersburg, FL, he went to New Orleans and caught a Norwegian freighter sailing under the Panamanian flag on 1 Dec. 1943. He reached the ranking of Lieutenant JG, rating of fireman, oiler and water tender and obtained certificates & licenses in engineering, lifeboat and first aid.
Bill worked as a Tool & Die maker and was owner/operator of Southwestern Tool in Buchanan, MI. For 35 years he restored and repaired fine antiques, jewelry, and stringed instruments. He also liked to make jewelry. He was a member of the Michiana Gem and Mineral Society as well as the Michiana Genealogical Society.
Visitation will be 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. Services will begin at 1:30 pm with Pastor Ken Peterson officiating. Bill will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park with military honors performed by the American Legion 161 and VFW Post 360 burial squad.
Contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 601 W. Edison Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545.
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