John Edward Crumpler, age 84, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Stephens, Arkansas, on April 19, 1937, to Roy Benton and Mary Etta Crumpler.
John Edward Crumpler graduated from Magnolia High School in 1955. While attending Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, he began dating the love of his life, Ann Shellberg. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and immediately married Ann at First United Methodist Church in Magnolia, Arkansas, on June 6, 1959.
Straight out of college, John worked several years for Phillips 66 and then an independent outfit, Expando Oil Production Company. In 1988, he partnered with Bill Thacker and Wayne Rach to establish the very successful oil and gas production company, CTR Petroleum. After over 30 years in business, and with many wells still producing, CTR Petroleum officially closed its doors in 2020.
John was a hard worker and was led by his faith in God. He shared his time in various leadership roles at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi. It brought great joy to his heart when the Community Life Building was completed at the church. He was devoted to his church, and any small role he shared just added to his purpose of living a life of Christian example.
John had various interests. He enjoyed studying mutual funds and often advised his family on investments. He was a member of the Auxiliary to Petroleum Engineers. He also made time for the Revelairs Dance Club where the “fast, fast jitterbug” and slow dancing with Ann made his heart leap. Most of all, John enjoyed time spent with family and friends. Favored activities were numerous, including fishing, being outdoors at the ranch, traveling, dancing, and attending grandkids’ sporting events, recitals, and school activities. He also treasured celebrating special occasions with the family and Friday night family dinners.
John is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister, Janette Crumpler Johnson, in-laws, John August Shellberg Jr. and Vendelia Vandiver Shellberg, sister-in-law, Ursula Meyer Shellberg and brother-in-law John August Shellberg III.
He is survived by daughter, Cathryn Crumpler Chaney (Gary); son, Jeffery S. Crumpler (Margaret); grandchildren, Kendra A. Chaney, Kristen Chaney Stevens (Cory), Sarah G. Crumpler, Jackson W. Crumpler and John Wesley Crumpler; and niece, Monique Shellberg.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, at Seaside Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas. Entombment will be private for family members only at Seaside Memorial Park Mausoleum. All are welcome to the Memorial Service to celebrate John’s life at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 5300 South Alameda Street. Food, family, friends and fellowship will follow in the Community Life Building after the service.
The family extends sincere appreciation to A*Med Hospice and River City Home Care. A special thank you to Mari Gomez and Bernadette Umana for going above and beyond to help our family during an extremely difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the St. John’s United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association Organization (alz.org).
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