In memory of
Kenneth Crast
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In memory of
Kenneth Crast
Kenneth John Crast January 16, 2020 Kenneth John Crast, 95, of Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully on January 16, 2020 Wake Forest, NC. Born on May 6th, 1924 in Watertown, NY. Ken lived in the CNY area for most of his life. Ken graduated from Sandy Creek High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1943 following his brother's footsteps to defend our country. He flew 18 missions over Germany in a B-17. He was a waist gunner and shot down an FW-190. He was shot down over Saagermund, Germany on September 13, 1944, he would then become a P.O.W in Stalag Luft IV in present day Tychowo, Poland. He began a march across Germany in late February of 1945, with other prisoners and would escape in April into the Russian sector and would then escape them in May linking up with the 69th Division at Grimma. Ken would continue his service after the war where he would retire as a Chief Master Sergeant from the 174th Fighter Wing in 1984. He enjoyed sailing, had a fascination with geology, and loved spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria, his brothers Glenn, Delmont, Jack, and sister Vivian. Surviving are his children David (Jodine) Crast, Laura (Jack) Robbins, and Deborah Cammer, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ken will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial service will be held in June, for those interested please contact dcrast@gmail.com. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
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In memory of
Kenneth Crast
Kenneth John Crast January 16, 2020 Kenneth John Crast, 95, of Raleigh, NC passed away peacefully on January 16, 2020 Wake Forest, NC. Born on May 6th, 1924 in Watertown, NY. Ken lived in the CNY area for most of his life. Ken graduated from Sandy Creek High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1943 following his brother's footsteps to defend our country. He flew 18 missions over Germany in a B-17. He was a waist gunner and shot down an FW-190. He was shot down over Saagermund, Germany on September 13, 1944, he would then become a P.O.W in Stalag Luft IV in present day Tychowo, Poland. He began a march across Germany in late February of 1945, with other prisoners and would escape in April into the Russian sector and would then escape them in May linking up with the 69th Division at Grimma. Ken would continue his service after the war where he would retire as a Chief Master Sergeant from the 174th Fighter Wing in 1984. He enjoyed sailing, had a fascination with geology, and loved spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria, his brothers Glenn, Delmont, Jack, and sister Vivian. Surviving are his children David (Jodine) Crast, Laura (Jack) Robbins, and Deborah Cammer, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Ken will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial service will be held in June, for those interested please contact dcrast@gmail.com. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits
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