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Robert "Gene" E. Crackel

Tullahoma - On November 6, 2018, Mr. Robert Eugene “Gene” Crackel, age 92 of Tullahoma, TN entered into rest at his residence surrounded by his children. Gene served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard for 36 years; as a gunner in World War II; a combat pilot in the Korean War; as a flight instructor at Nellis Air Force Base in Neveda; a Base Operation Officer for the Air National Guard in Hutchinson, KS; as an Operations Staff Officer for the National Guard Bureau; and finished his military career by working in the office of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Reserve Affairs at the Pentagon. During his service he was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Gene retired from service as a Colonel and moved to Tullahoma in 1980 where he became active in the community by serving the Boy Scouts in several leadership positions, helping to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, assisting the local hospice unit and was actively participating in his church. He was an avid bridge player, gardener and fisherman.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sarah Crackel; wife of 55 years, Barbara Crackel; son, Patrick Crackel and sister, June Stradley. He is survived by five children, daughters, Janet (Robert) Hanson of Culpeper, VA and Kathleen Crackel of Winchester, TN; sons, Michael (Kate) Crackel of Princeton, NJ, Scott Crackel of North Augusta, SC, Mark Crackel of Spring City, TN; brother, Duane (Kathy) Crackel of Bend, OR; ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Tullahoma Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 1:00pm at Tullahoma Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in honor of Gene to:
Christ Community Church of Tullahoma or
Alzheimer's Assoication
478 Craighead Street
Suite 200
Nashiville, TN


Starts: 11/11/18 at 6:00pm
Ends: 11/11/18 at 8:00pm
Tullahoma Funeral Home
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Funeral Service
Starts: 11/12/18 at 1:00pm
Tullahoma Funeral Home
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Starts: 11/12/18 at 1:45pm
Rose Hill Memorial Gardens
Tullahoma, TN 37388


Jack L Wilfong says:

Colonel & Mrs Crackel are the very best of my Child hood memories. There faith & life example continues to make a mark on my life & I am sure many others. To Mike, Janet, Scott, Kathy & Mark- I am so very sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace & love always. Rarely a day passes that I don't think of Pat! Love to each of You, Rest well Colonel Crackei!

Carroll and Kathleen Taylor says:

Love and peace to all the Crackel family❤️?

Mike Izlar says:

Scott, you, your brothers and sisters are in out thought and prays We are sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
Mike and Kathy Izlar

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