Vincent James Crowley, age 92, of Iona, MN, passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, at Our House Hospice in Slayton.
He was born April 7, 1923, on the family farm near Iona, to William and Anna Nelson Crowley.
Vince graduated from Slayton High School in 1941.
He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces Jan. 14, 1944, and served in World War II. Vin flew in 33 missions as a tail gunner on a B17 bomber over Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart.
He married Joan McConnell June 11, 1945, at St. Mary’s Church in Worthington.
Following his honorable discharge Oct. 11, 1945, he returned to Wirock, MN and his bride, Joan. Vince then attended Worthington Junior College.
He and Joan farmed near Wirock until 1955, when they moved to a farm south of Slayton and raised their 10 children. While farming, Vince raised, trained, and sold Percheron horses, taking his horses out for sleigh rides, wedding parties, and other events and holidays throughout the area.
He was a founding member of the Wirock Saddle Club in 1950.
In 1993, Vince was named Murray County Museum Volunteer of the year.
Vince and Joan retired from active farming in 1984. Joan passed away Nov. 3, 1998.
Vince remained on the farm until August 2013, when he moved to the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda. In July 2014, Vince moved to Our House Hospice in Slayton.
Vince was a member of St. Columba Church, where he served as usher and on the St. Columba Cemetery Board. He also was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Knights of Columbus, and a charter member of the Iona VFW Post.
He was on the Murray County Museum Board, and the Round Barn Preservation Committee that restored the Round Barn.
Vince enjoyed spending time with his family, making crafts out of old barn wood, which he then sold at the Autumn Boutique and other craft fairs. Vince and Joan’s home was always open to visitors and if the kitchen table could talk, it would have many stories to tell.
Survivors include his 10 children and their spouses; Dennis and Debby Crowley of Custer, SD, Tom and Marilyn Crowley of Kellogg, Greg and Brenda Crowley of Otsego, Pat and Dennis Spartz of Slayton, Tim Crowley of Granite Falls, Brian and Dianne Crowley of Slayton, Kevin and Melanie Crowley of Pennock, Valerie and Dan Selness of Willmar, Monica and Dennis Bryngelson of Champlin, and Clem and Deb Crowley of Howard Lake; 22 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Vince is further survived by a sister, Margaret Gaul of Slayton; and a sister-in-law, Kathryn Crowley of Fulda.
In addition to his wife, Joan, Vince was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and their spouses, Raymond, Joseph and Ruth, Clem and Alvina and Leo and Dolores Crowley; two sisters and their spouses, Agnes and Raymond Herrig and Clara and Leon Hedrick; and one brother-in-law, Mike Gaul.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columba Church in Iona with Fr. Gregory Parrott and Fr. Patrick Arens con-celebrating the Mass. Special music was provided by Stephanie Crowley and Sheila Crowley. Interment was at St. Columba Cemetery in Iona, with military honors accorded by the Iona VFW Post.
Pallbearers were Ryan Crowley, Chad Crowley, Travis Spartz, Shawn Crowley, Matthew Crowley, Nick Bryngelson, Zack Crowley, and Luke Selness.
Honorary pallbearers were Jim Surprenant, Case Voss, Dale Pavlis, Bill Crommert, Jerry Fleace and Ernie Engelkes.
There was visitation Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 4 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued Thursday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton handled the arrangements. To send condolences, visit totzkefuneralhome.com