John Y. Crow, a retired salesman of dairy products and a decorated World War II veteran, died of complications from pneumonia April 8 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Southern Maryland. He was 89 and had lived in North Baltimore.
Born in Uniontown, Pa., and raised in Towson, he was a 1941 graduate of Towson High School. He earned an animal husbandry degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also attended a Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.
He went into military service in the Army. According to his memoirs, he was assigned to the infantry and entered Europe at Marseille, France, in November 1944. He also fought in the Rhineland.
"We fought our way into Germany. … When you were fighting, the man across from you was the enemy, who you wanted to kill. But if he was hurt and brought into our side and the medic would rush forward to treat him, it was quite often that our guys would give him a pack of cigarettes or candy bar," he said in the memoir.
He also recalled helping with the care of Holocaust survivors outside Munich.
He was promoted to captain and awarded a Bronze Star for bravery.
Mr. Crow worked in the dairy industry in sales as a vice president of the old Delvale ice cream firm and for the A.E. Kaestner Co., where he worked until he was 87.
He enjoyed his work and golf, family members said.
Services are private.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Bettie Windsor Gaumnitz; three daughters, Janice Wonke of Butler, Pa., Joanna Scales of Emerald Isle, N.C., and Jennifer Yates of Pensacola, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Page Windsor Miller, Holly Adolph and Gail Goering, all of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren. His first wife of 29 years, Jean Marcella Benson, died in 1975.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun