Angelo Enoch ‘Buzz’ Crandall, 94

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Angelo Enoch “Buzz” Crandall, 94, of Austin, Minnesota, died on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at his home in The Cedars of Austin.



Buzz was born in 1921 to Enoch Angelo and Jessie Pearl (Yaw) Crandall in Faribault, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, during World War II. He was united in marriage to Frances Kramer on May 9, 1944. Together, they raised two sons, David and Duane “Jake,” and a daughter, Carol. With experience he gained cooking in the Army, Buzz first worked in and owned Harry’s Café on the east side of Austin. Later he became a plasterer and started his own business, Crandall and Cambern Plastering with Dale Cambern of Austin. The firm plastered many homes in the area as well as businesses, schools, hospitals and churches in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. After he and Dale closed their business, Buzz worked at the Wilson Meat Packing Plant in Albert Lea until retirement. Buzz was a bowler, golfer, fisherman, and a lifelong deer hunter, bagging his last deer in his 90s. He enjoyed his large vegetable garden each year and canning and freezing the bounty with Fran. He also loved dancing; he and Fran took up square dancing in retirement and he seldom could sit out a single dance.

Buzz and Fran lived in Austin all of their adult lives and were active leaders and participants in all aspects of the Queen of Angels Church Community and the Catholic Schools community. He was a “Mr. Fixit” to family and friends and a faithful handyman at the Philomathian Religious Books & Gifts Store where Fran also volunteered for many years.

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He is survived by three children: David (Mary) Crandall of Austin, Carol (Jim) LeDuc of St. Paul, and Duane “Jake” (Angel) of Sunfish Lake; six grandchildren: Angie Crandall (Sean McGuire), Adam Crandall (Katie Giedt), Nicole LeDuc Meehan (John), Claire LeDuc Ruud (Derek), Allison Crandall Burke (John), and Sarah Crandall; and six great-grandchildren: Kieran, Darby, Beatrice, Benjamin, Lucas, and Murray.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his beloved wife of 67 years, Frances; two brothers: Charles and Frank Crandall; and five sisters: Blanche Dienst, Fern Thompson, Ruth Kern, Jessie Lambert and Pearl Crandall.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1001 Oakland Ave. E, with Father Raul Silva officiating. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary 209 2nd Avenue NW Austin, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church for one hour prior to services on Friday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Austin with Austin Post No. 91 American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of military rites. Memorials to donor’s choice. The family is deeply appreciative of the care and comfort given to him by Cedars staff and his nurse Nancy Johnson.