Saturday, January 7, 2012

Philip Lee Crowell

Philip L. Crowell, 82, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare–All Saints Hospital on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Philip was born in Oshkosh to the late Maurice and Florence (nee: Griffin) Crowell on August 12, 1929, and lived in Racine most of his life. Philip was a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, where he played football. He then enlisted in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War. During this time, he and Dorothy R. Weiss were married in Milwaukee on March 7, 1952.

After his service in the Army, he attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Until his retirement in 1988, Philip was employed by SC Johnson Wax as a design engineer. During that time, he was involved in developing packaging designs and mechanisms of aerosol delivery and child-proofing that resulted in the filing of more than 100 patents.

Mr. Crowell was a 50-year member of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church. He was also a 43-year member of the Racine Yacht Club. He was a man of few words who did much of his talking with his hands. He enjoyed working on cars, building boats, and sailing (having taught himself how to sail when he was in his 40s). After his retirement, he and Dorothy spent many weeks sailing in the Great Lakes. He was also an avid walker and enjoyed reading, solving Sudoku puzzles, and playing Solitaire.

Philip will be dearly missed by his children: Deborah, Christopher (married to Marian), and Kimberly Crowell; two grandchildren: Jenna and Andrew Crowell; his brother, Richard (married to Nancy) Crowell; his sister, Carolyn Crowell; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, in 2003.

Mr. Crowell’s wish was to be cremated.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist church at a later date.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine 262-634-3361

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