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Thomas Duane Crha 1940-2012

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012








Thomas Duane Crha, 72, of Cottage Grove died Sept. 24, 2012 from lung cancer.

He was born May 18, 1940 in Tyndall, S.D. to James and Albina (Stluka) Crha.

He graduated from high school in Wagner, S.D. and served in the National Guard.

On July 22, 1968 in Springfield, Oregon, he and Dorothy Alice Welburn were married. She passed away May 3, 2011.

Thomas owned and operated many local small businesses including the Cozy Corner Tavern in Creswell, Dotís Trophy Shop, Round Tu-It Gift Shop and the Comfort Inn, all in Cottage Grove.

He liked to go jackrabbit hunting, snowmobiling, bowling and vacationing in his motor home. He also enjoyed going on cruises with his wife, Dot, and going to casinos. He was a member of the Elks, Moose, Kiwanis, and Prospectors and Golddiggers.

He is survived by a son, Kearry Crha and wife, Shannon, of Cottage Grove, a daughter, Melanie Lymath and husband, Mark, of Drain, two stepsons, Dan Radonski and wife, Cheryl, of Rainier, Ore. and Robin Radonski of Stayton, Ore., two stepdaughters, Deana Fielder and husband, Fred, of Hayden Lake, Idaho and Terry Woodruff and husband, Jeff, of Bend, Ore., 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service with reception following was held Sept. 29 at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements under the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Cottage Grove. 












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