Robert O. Crenshaw, construction supervisor

January 15, 2013
Robert O. Crenshaw
construction supervisor

Robert O. Crenshaw, 92, a Washington-area construction supervisor who retired from the Charles H. Tompkins construction firm in Washington in 1985, died of coronary artery disease Dec. 20 at the Asbury Methodist Village retirement community in Gaithersburg.

A daughter, Debra Fitzgerald, confirmed the death.

Robert Odell Crenshaw was born in Lancaster, S.C. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific and participated in combat operations at Saipan, Tinian, the Mariana Islands and Okinawa.

He settled in the Washington area after the war and worked in construction. For most of his career he was with Tompkins, but also had worked for the Cafritz Co.

In retirement, he did volunteer work with special-needs children at the Stephen Knolls School in Kensington and the Kilmer Center School in Vienna.

His wife of 59 years, Claire Windsor Porter Crenshaw, died in October. Survivors include two daughters, Susan C. Saunders of Gettysburg, Pa., and Debra E. Fitzgerald of Frederick; and three granddaughters.

— Bart Barnes

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