Robert Lee Crandell of Pennsbury Township

Robert Lee Crandell, 87, of Pennsbury Township, died surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Dec. 23.

Robert Crandell

Bob was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Buffalo, N.Y. to Guy & Lena Crandell. He is survived by his wife Marjorie of 64 years, children Roberta (Doug) Lottes, Catherine (Joel) Gann, Mark (Barbara) Crandell, Donna (Greg) Grinnell, Rhonda (David) Ekholm, 16 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister Joan Draper. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Bob’s biggest pride was his children and grandchildren, and he loved spending time with his family.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return, he graduated from the University of Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Bob started his career in Parkersburg, W.Va. with the E.I. DuPont Co. Bob’s job took him to Wilmington, Houston, Texas and back to Wilmington in 1983.

After retirement, he volunteered and was involved in several aspects of Pennsbury Township. He served on the Planning Commission and was a founding member of the Pennsbury Land Trust. He served on the Kennett Pike Association, was a Republican committeeman and served on the Fair Hill HOA architectural commission. Bob aspired to keep Pennsbury a wonderful place to live with open space preservation. One of his many accomplishments was terminating development around the township building on Route 1. This 10-year battle resulted in a conservation easement for the township land, never to be developed.

Bob enjoyed sports, especially golf, baseball and football, and was a member of Kennett Square Country Club for many years.

He is preceded in death by his son Kurt, his parents, sister Betty Huggler and brother Pete.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 2, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Rd., Greenville, with funeral mass to follow. Interment, St Joseph on the Brandywine Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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