Sad news from our fruit jar collecting friends Russ and Heidi Crupe.

Sad news from our fruit jar collecting friends Russ and Heidi Crupe. Their beloved son Russ Jr. passed away this week. I know everyone reading this joins the Findlay Bottle Club in sending our condolences to the Crupe family at this most difficult of times, along with wishes for strength and peace.

Russell Lee Crupe, Jr.
(September 16, 1979 - July 23, 2012) 

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Russell Lee Crupe, Jr.
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Russell Lee Crupe, Jr., 32, of Avella, died Monday, July 23, 2012.
He was born September 16, 1979, in Washington, son of Russell L. Crupe, Sr. and Heidi Dawn Fiscus Crupe of Avella.
Mr. Crupe graduated from Avella High School in 1998. He was a lieutenant and director of field operations for NSA Security Forces, Inc. He was formerly dock lead at Sears at Washington and South Hills.
Mr. Crupe served two years of active duty in the Navy and, for the last six years, was a member of the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. During his time in the Guard, he served a tour of duty in Iraq as a combat engineer and earned E-5 pay grade. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with star, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with device, Combat Action Badge, and Driver and Mechanic Badge with clasp.
Mr. Crupe was a member of Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church, VFW 927, and American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.
He was a member of local roller hockey teams and dart ball and pool leagues. Mr. Crupe was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting, fishing and landscaping.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Preston A. Crupe (Victoria) of Glenville, New York; a sister, Sarah Lynn Combs (Jimmy) of Avella; grandparents, Vic and Doris Fiscus of Bethel Park; and nieces, Samantha, Melissa and Jessica Combs, and Emily and Rachael Crupe; an uncle, William Crupe (Christy) of Gaithersburg, Maryland; three aunts, Sondra Aschenbrenner, of Baytown, Texas, Lorna Crupe of Avella, and Tami (Robert) Pugh of Fort Myers, Florida.
Deceased are a niece, Clara Dawn Crupe; grandparents, Russell and Rachael Crupe; and two uncles, Richard L. “Butch” Crupe and Dennis Aschenbrenner.
Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in William G. Neal Funeral Homes, Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27th, with Rev. John Hoffman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Citizen’s Library, 55 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301.

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