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Sam Crisp

Sam Crisp, 76, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at his home.

He was born on December 3, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Sam A. and Emma (Bradley) Crisp. He was raised and attended school in Memphis.

Sam enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1952 and proudly served his country until his retirement in 1987. He served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and three tours of duty in Vietnam. He enjoyed traveling, going to Branson, reading and he was a member of the Marine Corps League 1184 of West Plains, serving as the commandant for two years. He was also the Toys For Tots coordinator for three years and expanded it in to Wright and Texas counties.

Sam was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston, Missouri, and the Men’s Christian Soldiers Group.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; three children, Linda LaFrancouis, Richard Crisp and Sam Crisp, Jr.; one brother and four sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Robbie Crisp of the home; his daughter, Cindy Rinehart and husband Roland of Bloomingdale, Georgia; his son, William T. Crisp of New York; three stepchildren, Darcey Gartrell and husband Scott of Parker, Colorado, Danita Young and husband Everett of Hartville, Missouri, and David Zumwalt and wife Jessica of Windsor, Colorado; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston with Pastor David Kettner officiating. Interment with full military honors was in Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

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In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be given to the church building fund or to Hospice Compassus.

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