Born May 20, 1972 in Minot, North Dakota, Richard Dean Crowl was the son of Darrel and Linda (Norris) Crowl. Spending only a few years of his life in Minot, Rich's family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1975 once his dad was honorably discharged from the Air Force. The Crowl family settled in Bixby in 1977 where they soon became a party of five. They established their home and made many lasting memories. Rich attended Bixby Public Schools from Kindergarten to graduation. Most of his childhood, Rich played soccer for the Bixby Soccer Club, followed by the high school soccer team, and Blitz United competitive club. Rich also enjoyed skateboarding where he and his friends, Brian and Drake, got to know many of the security guards in the downtown Tulsa parking garages. In Rich's junior year of high school, his dad introduced him to racing mini-sprint race cars as an incentive to improve his grades. It worked and Rich graduated in 1991.
Upon graduation, he used his high school vo-tech drafting training for a few years and quickly felt the responsibility of parenthood and providing for his children. He always said his daughter, Shelly, is what saved his life: knowing that he had to be responsible for a small life that couldn't defend herself and when Dustin came along, that made the father's instinct even stronger.
After several years of drafting, he had a field job come up and he learned he enjoyed working in the field. He came to his dad and explained how he wanted to get out of the office and make a better living. It was decided that he would go back to technical school for refrigeration and air conditioning service training and work with his dad at Crowl Mechanical. In his training school, he often helped his instructor and classmates by talking about his daily work experiences. His instructor felt like Rich was a tremendous asset to the class. Rich worked for Crowl Mechanical for over 20 years, quickly rising through the ranks from grunt work to construction manager. Rich soon mastered all types and sizes of refrigeration equipment and installed hundreds of refrigeration systems from Dodge City, Kansas to Little Rock, Arkansas. While on out-of-town jobs, Rich almost always came home with a new place to hunt or fish. Rich had great communication and customer service skills and his dad was always getting calls from customers saying how much they liked him and felt like they could trust him. One of Rich's favorite customers was Livesay Orchard in Porter, Oklahoma, where he could go fishing in one of their many ponds after a hard day of work. Even though he spent most days around his dad, he was very much a momma's boy. He knew he could share anything with her and ask her for judgement free advice.
Always up for an adventure, Rich had a good time with everything he did. As an adult, he continued racing mini-sprint cars side by side with his dad, spending numerous weekends at the dirt track until a wreck sent him flipping sideways into a concrete wall, breaking his arm, and nearly ending his life. His racing career was over after that, but didn't stop him from racing just about anything with wheels. He raced everything, including mowers, forklifts, four-wheelers, and hot rod cars! When not racing, Rich was either watching NASCAR, riding his motorcycle, helping friends, fishing or hunting. He said he was first hooked on fishing by his Great-Grandma Butterfield, who took him fishing for perch in the pond on the neighboring farm. He had great a passion for hunting and fishing and he loved sharing this passion with his friends and family. He often expressed the desire to instill that passion in his grandkids, he was just waiting for them to get a little older.
Recently, Rich fulfilled a life-long dream and bought 30 acres near Keystone Lake with a house, pond, and his own woods for hunting. He was quite happy with his little piece of heaven on earth and was proud of the work he and Lynn were putting into cleaning it up, providing food plots to attract deer, plans to enlarge the pond, and growing a garden of their own.
Those he leaves behind are his Granny, Mary Gillum; parents, Darrel and Linda Crowl; children: Haley Fowler and her husband, Michael, Shelly Crowl and Dustin Crowl; seven grandchildren: Kyler, Jayson, Jack, Jupiter, Jazzlyn, Makena, and Freyja. Brother, Mike Crowl and his wife, Jody, and sister, Meralee Crowl; and nephews: Daniel, Tyler, and Braden. He is also survived by Lynn Fielden, with whom he was in a long lasting relationship, and her children, Doug and Leslie. Rich leaves behind a whole host of family, including aunts, uncles and cousins, who were always dear to him.
This grandson, son, dad, pawpaw, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend will be greatly missed by those he knew and loved. Everyone who got to know Rich counted him as a friend and he will leave a huge hole in the hearts and lives of those who loved him.
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Words cannot express the pain we are feeling at the loss of Rich, our dear friend. Whether we were riding or partying or just hanging out, he was always accepting of everyone. There will forever be an emptiness in our lives without him. Our deep condolences to The Crowl Family.
As a great positive, hyper intelligent, and Truly friendly person, always doing right.. (except when he was bein' a mischief and razzlin' everyone & laughin' all the way!) I always loved meeting and knowing Rich the little I did! And always wanted to visit, cookout, learn, from him more & enjoy things more because he was always so damm encouraging! Missed beyond belief. heartbroken for all Family and all that had the blessing to meet & know him. So profoundly hurt & sorry for the loss of such a great friend.
Just learnt this awful news from our neighbors and my heart is simply sad! I loved having Rich’ s smiling face around and will miss feeding him on repair jobs and making sure he was properly hydrated . He was like a big brother. Unfortunately I learnt too late and can’t get covered on my shift but will be sure Joe attends the funeral . My heart is heavy, very heavy and send special comforting prayers for all the family . ( Cindy from Wranglers BBQ)
So sorry to hear about Richie. It sounds like he loved life . I’m sure you will forever miss him. Let all your many memories be your comfort now . Charles and Lois Baxley
My condolences to the Crowl Family during this time of sorrow. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
James 1:17 KJV 🙏☝️❤️
Jim and I send our love and prayers for your peace. We’re so very sorry you are suffering this Huge loss. Hugs, Becci King
We were so blessed to get to spend time with Rich on Saturday. Always knew I would get a smile and a big hug from him when I saw him. I’m so so sorry for your loss Crowl family. He will be missed by all of us but I’m guessing he’s huntin’ and fishin’ everyday now. Love you all.......
I had the pleasure of knowing Richard, Mike, and Meralee. I am sorry to hear about Richard's passing. Darrell and Linda I am truly sorry may god be with you and the family at this time. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you right now
Darrel and Linda
So so sorry to hear this bad news about Rich. I'm hurting for you both, I'm one of those cousins of many that am so proud of your family. Darrel we need to think of the future to see him once again. There will be a time to look forward to now. Love you all and bless you and family. Buford and Darlene Cloyd
Prayers to the family. RIP Rich
Darrel & Linda, I want you to know that myself and my whole family are keeping you in our prayers. We have been through this and God will guide you through this rough time. Mike & Meralee I know you will miss Rich as much as I miss my brother, lean on each other as much as you can. Rich will be missed by many people including me, always try to remember the good things, laugh as much as possible at the silly things he was always doing. Even though I am no longer at Crowl, I want you to know you were like family to me. My heart aches for your family and if there is anything I can do please feel free to call me. Love to your family
To the entire Crowl family. This is so sudden.
We pray that God will heal your hearts and comfort you all. Life takes turns sometimes we can not face but with God in control he will bring us through. We will miss Rich very much. Our hearts go out to each of you. The Farmers from Magic Refrigeration and staff.
Hey Bubba, you know I love you and hurting badly from not having you around to make fun. You went out doing what you loved doing best. But you left so many behind who are hurting. All those people love you and you left quite the impression. I even got an email from a lady named Sandy in New York.
You had talked to her at the factory training seminar we attended. She was devastated to hear the news and she remembered you because you made her laugh everyday you were there. That's the impact you've left behind. You've done good work that I can always point to and say "Rich and his crew put up that walk-in" and be proud of the outcome. You've also left behind a legacy of children and you're grandchildren. You had plans to put them kids to work at the farm, you had plans to teach them to fish and hunt. All "plans" vanished when you left. You my friend will be missed and you will live in our hearts and our memories we had together.
So sorry for the loss of Rich. Sending prayers of peace and comfort at this difficult time.
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