By Andrew Crouser and Michael D. SalsbergThe Washington PostAs Andrew Crivett and his wife, Melissa, prepare to head back to the farm where he worked in the 1930s and 1940s, the couple’s family is struggling to come to terms with the loss of a beloved man who was a life-long friend and neighbor.
Andrew Crouch, 94, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, after suffering from cancer.
His funeral was held Friday at the Woodburn Memorial Baptist Church in the tiny community of Woodburn.
Andrew had a knack for working with machines.
He had helped build the first electric forklift in the 1960s and later joined the family business, Crivets Power & Tools, Inc., as president and CEO.
But Crivet’s passion for machinery was his passion for his family and friends.
He was a man who loved his family.
“Andrew loved his people and the community of the community,” Melissa Crivetted, Andrew’s wife, said Friday.
“He would be happy to talk to anyone.
And he was a real gentleman.
He would do anything to make the community a better place.”
The Crivettes also have lost one of their own in the past few weeks.
They say that when Andrew died, his funeral was a tribute to the man he loved most: his son, Aaron Criveted.
Aaron was a proud father and a great son.
He also loved his wife Melissa and daughter-in-law, Julie Crivety.
Melissa said that when Aaron died, she was overwhelmed with grief.
She said that she had been overwhelmed with relief that Aaron was OK and that she was not worried about Aaron.
“He was a wonderful father, great husband, great son, and a wonderful man,” Melissa said.
“We are going to miss Aaron.
We are going in the right direction.
We have some unfinished business.”
Melissa said that Aaron would have welcomed her into his home and would not want to go out with anyone.
“I don’t want to leave the family.
I will always love Aaron and miss him,” Melissa told reporters.”
But I know he would want me to come with him.
He loved me,” she added.
The family says that Aaron will be deeply missed and remembered for his love of family and his commitment to helping others.
Melissa Crivetd says that she has asked Aaron to do what he could to help the Crivetten family as they deal with the tragedy.
Melissas family is asking for donations of furniture and other personal items.
If you would like to contribute to the Cravett family, you can make a $25 donation to the Woodruff Memorial Baptist church in Woodburn by calling (813) 896-2939.
Andrew and Melissa Cravet had two daughters together, Julie and Jessica.
Melissa says that their daughter, Julie, is doing fine.
The Cravets were married for 45 years, and they had four grandchildren.
They are survived by five children.